In his latest book Fascinating Birds, Markus Varesvuo has picked his favourite 100 European bird species and explains why each of these is so special and gives insights into how his remarkable pictures are taken. Based in Finland, Markus is one of the world's leading professional bird photographers and winner of many awards in European photographic competitions.
Markus Varesvuo / Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) pouncing in flight with claws brandished. Kuusamo, Finland, February.
Markus Varesvuo / Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) female perched on hoar-frost covered branches. Kuusamo, Finland, February.
Markus Varesvuo / Crane (Grus grus) in dancing display in the snow, Kuusamo, Finland, May
Markus Varesvuo / Robin (Erithacus rubecula) portrait behind snow, Uto, Finland, April. Fascinating birds bookplate.
Markus Varesvuo / Waxwing (Bombicilla garrulus) flock on snow covered pine tree, Kuusamo, Finland, February. Fascinating birds bookplate.
Markus Varesvuo / Siberian Jay (Perisoreus infaustus) perched on snow covered pine tree, Kuusamo, Finland, February
Markus Varesvuo / Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) perched on snow covered Rowan branch (Sorbus sp.) with berries, Kuusamo, Finland, January. No promotion or advertising use in Finland 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2016.
Markus Varesvuo / Hawk Owl perched in frost (Surnia ulula) Finland
Markus Varesvuo / Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiaca) walking over snow. Canada, February.
Markus Varesvuo / Magpie (Pica pica) in snow. Utajärvi, Finland, February
Markus Varesvuo / Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopus minor)perched on snowy branch, Kuusamo, Finland January. Fascinating birds bookplate.
Markus Varesvuo / Mute swan (Cygnus olor) in flight above snow, Uto, Finland, March. Fascinating birds bookplate.
Markus Varesvuo / Grey Partridge (Grey Partridge) buried in thick snow, Liminka, Finland, February 2004
Markus Varesvuo / Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor) male drumming on snowy tree trunk, Kotka, Finland, January. Fascinating birds bookplate.
Markus Varesvuo / Eurasian pygmy owl (glaucidium passerinum) portrait, Kuusamo, Finland, January
Markus Varesvuo / Male Black grouse (Lyrurus tetrix) displaying, portrait, Askola, Finland, March