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BROWN BEARS & BIRDS

 
 
An 5-day fully-inclusive holiday focusing on the spectacular bird migration and Brown Bear tracking and watching.

Price: 955 € pp.

Programme can be viewed when choosing Tour dossier from the right menu.


See the Brown Bear watching video...

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Estonia in the autumn is a magnificent destination for the birdwatcher who wants to see forest species, such as woodpeckers and forest grouse, together with raptors and arctic migration, with that added touch of eastern rarities and even some mammals. In western Estonia, wetlands are always full of life in the autumn. From early September until late October, thousands of ducks, geese and cranes use these wetlands as their last feeding and roosting grounds before their final migration to the wintering sites. The sight of tens of thousands of common birds like Chaffinch and Brambling can be very impressive and these can include large numbers of Goldcrests, Northern Wheatears and Common Starlings.
Estonian forests are renowned in Europe for their healthy populations of mammals with around 700-800 Lynx, over 150 Wolves, 500-600 Brown Bears and almost 20,000 Beavers – tremendous numbers for such a small country. In all, sixty-four species of mammals have been recorded in Estonia including several European rarities, the most endagered examples being the European Mink, several species of dormouse and the Flying Squirrel.

Calendar 2015...

 
 
Period:
Wed 7th Oct - Sun 11th Oct 2015
Group size:
6/8 pax
Grading:
Day walks only, for all ages
Leader:
Local guide
Accommodation:
Comfortable hotels with private facilities
Food:
Restaurants and local farms
Extensions:
Cultural/sightseeing extensions available on request

 

 
        Brown Bear / Luke Massey
  Hawk Owl / Remo Savisaar


Itinerary:

Day 1 Arrive in Tallinn, to Haapsalu
Day 2 Matsalu National Park
Day 3 To North-East Estonia; Bear hide
Day 4 Alutaguse forests; alternative overnight in Bear hide
Day 8 Departure

 

Highlights

Birds: massive Arctic waterfowl migration – including thousands of  Long-tailed Ducks, Velvet Scoters and Red-throated Divers, spectacular passerine migration with tens of thousands of Siskins, Chaffinches and Bramblings, possible massive invasion of Jays and Nutcrackers,  stunning raptor migration with hundreds of Sparrowhawks in few hours, Bewick's Swan, Rough-legged Buzzard,  White-tailed Eagle, Common Crane, Hazel Grouse, Grey-headed Woodpecker, White-backed Woodpecker, Tengmalm's Owl, Pygmy Owl, Great Grey Shrike, Waxwing, Yellow-browed Warbler, probably Hawk Owl etc.
Mammals:
Racoon Dog, Red Fox, Elk, Roe Deer, Wild Boar (probably), Brown Bear, tracks and droppings of Lynx and Wolves etc.


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