The capercaille bird, largest member of the grouse family, lives in mature coniferous forests and in the Inari region. It begins its mating display (lek) at the end of April and the frenzied activity continues through the first week of May. Photographing the displaying capercailles is accomplished when done from a two person bird-watching camouflage tent which has holes to accommodate telephoto lenses. The numbers of males and females at the mating site vary each spring. Our tent is set-up near the Capercaille lek site but is situated so as not to disturb the displaying birds. For this reason, leaving the tent during the night is prohibited except in case of an emergency.
We will pick-up the clients with a car, either from Ivalo or Inari, at around 7 in the evening. We will head towards the mating grounds. Our guide will lead the clients to the site either on snowshoes or by foot depending on the conditions. Participants need to have a sufficient level of fitness and mobility to participate in this expedition. We will enter the tent well in advance in the evening and remain there throughout the night until morning when the displaying capercailles have left the area. The guide will return to pick up the clients from the bird-watching tent.
Species we expect to encounter: capercaille
Recommended lenses: 70 – 200 mm f2, 8 as well as 300mm f2,8, 400mm f2,8 or f4, 500 mm f4, 600 mm f4. With good luck, the capercailles can come to within a few metres of the tent so that even a 70mm lens can sometimes be too narrow.