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Win a dream wildlife holiday to Estonia!
SAVE up to 250 Euro! Tour calendar 2012 is now available.
Why Estonia in Autumn?
DON´T MISS! Bargain Autumn tours 2011.
Why Estonian Nature Tours?
ENT at the Birdfair 2011.
ESTONIA – the heart of European wildlife.
NEW! Butterflies & Dragonflies in Estonia.
Promotional tour.

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Birdwatcing in estonia
 
 
   

Win a dream wildlife holiday to Estonia!

Complete the questionnaire and win a dream wildlife holiday to Estonia!  Right answers should be marked with “X”.  

Grand Prize: Birdwatching holiday Estonia in Spring.Price: 1150 €                         
An 8-day fully-inclusive holiday focusing on the spectacular bird migration and breeding birds in Estonia.


White-backed Woodpecker
Photo: Sven Zacek

Lot 1: Beaver photography. Price 180 €
Lot 2: Flying Squirrel Study trip. Price: 100 €
Lot 3: White-tailed Eagle Photography. Price: 75 €


White-tailed Eagles near feeding site
Photo: Mati Kose

Lot 4: MATSALU TICKET. By bus & boat. Price: 40 €

The winner will be chosen completely by random from among the participants with all the right answers. Please visit our website – www.naturetours.ee for a more detailed information of prizes.

Download the questionnaire here...  and send it to info@naturetours.ee . Right answers should be marked with “X”.  
Finding the correct answers,   click here...   or visit our webpage: www.naturetours.ee

Drawing lots will be held on 1st September.

 

SAVE up to 250 Euro! Tour calendar 2012 is now available

Special offers until 26th August! To find out more about our fantastic value birdwatching holidays available for the years 2011 and 2012  click on our website  or visit us at the Birdfair Marquee 5 Stand 32!

Estonia in Autumn 2011 Special price: 900 € (late availability)
Steller´s Eider Watching 2012 Special price: 420 €
Estonia in Early Spring 2012 Special price: 731 €
Estonia in Spring 2012 Special price: 978 €
Estonia in Autumn 2012 Special price: 978 €

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Why Estonia in Autumn?

10 Good Reasons to Visit Estonia in Autumn:

  • 10 000+ Cranes - unforgettable experience
  • White-backed, Three-toad and Black Woodpecker
  • Western Taiga forests - habitats to Hazel Grouse, Ural and Pygmy Owl
  • Invasion of Nutcrackers
  • Massive assemblies of migrating waterbirds from the Arctic
  • Long coastline and many islands – a paradise for seawatching
  • Bird stations and siberian rarities
  • Raccoon Dog, Brown Bear and Ringed Seal
  • Mating season for Elks
  • A lot of surprises, colours and silence
 

 “More cranes came in... the field was bubbling with the haunting trumpets of 5,000 of them – more than I have ever seen in my life by thousands!” A sky filled with hundreds of long-necked beauties is just the start of some incredible Eastern European birding for Mike Weedon (Bird Watching magazine, UK):

Weedon´s World  / October 2010  
Cranespotting  / January 2011

  • Birding in Estonia in autumn is an unforgettable experience.

With its long and indented coastline, West-Estonia is one of the most important flyways between breeding and wintering areas for millions of Arctic waterbirds making birdwatching here fabulous every autumn and Spring.

  • The long outstretching peninsulas offer plenty of good seawatching opportunities.

During the migration season, incredible numbers of southward-rushing birds, can be seen with hundreds of thousands of wildfowl (Long-tailed Ducks. Velvet Scoters, Red- and Black-throated Divers) passing there per day at the peak season. In Sõrve bird station 1 million Chaffinches and tens of thousands Bramblings have been counted in one day during autumn migration. Cape Põõsaspea (Spitham) is the best seawatching place for observing migrating arctic wildfowl, with more than 2 million birds passing through every autumn. It is a spectacular natural show rarely matched anywhere else in Europe!

  • West-Estonia is also well known as a Crane concentration area.

As many as 50 000 birds gather around the bays and lagoons and feed in adjacent fields every autumn. In the last weeks of September, following the masses of Cranes flying in on a golden evening or out on a misty morning from their roosting places is an unforgettable experience. Half of them winter in Spain, others fly to Hungary and continue their migration via Turkey to North-Africa.


Common Cranes
Photo: Remo Savisaar

  • There is one more important attraction in Estonia – an invasion of Siberian species in autumn.

Nutcrackers, who are rather secretive birds at spring time, can be seen now in hundreds. Sometimes they can fly only few meters over your head. As autumn is a time for rare vagrants, one can find here Yellow-browed or Pallas`Leaf Warblers, Yellow-billed Divers, Red Phalaropes.


Yellow-browed Warbler
Photo: Uku Paal

  • And don´t forget – birding in autumn in Estonia is relatively easy compared with spring as the daylight in the peak migration period starts around 7 a.m.

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DON´T MISS! Bargain Autumn tours 2011

The autumn bird migration season is already well under way in Estonia and each successive day witnesses fresh arrivals and departures as these long-distance travellers begin their long journies south.  The numbers of Nutcrackers and Black Woodpeckers in our forests at the moment are remarkable. These species are suprisingly vocal in August and the abundance of Nutcrackers suggests that we may be experiencing an invasion of these attractive corvids this autumn. Also the first Red-footed Falcon was reported a few days ago. Last year more than 100 individuals were recorded in Estonia during August and September. 

It has been a successful breeding year for Hazel Hen, Ural and Pygmy Owls and as these forest species usually start calling again in September and October they provide further evidence of the impressive selection of  Northern European forest bird specialities to be seen in Estonia.


Pygmy Owl
Photo: Valeri Štšerbatõh

Our bargain bird watching tours suit keen birders who want an active, fast-paced birding holiday with a dedicated focus on searching for birds rather than on looking at the area’s other wildlife and cultural highlights or on enjoying excellent food.

What we can offer?

  • An expert English-speaking local ornithologist leader           
  • Outstanding value for money 
  • Dawn-to-dusk birding with limited time for rest, relaxation and outside interests
  • Enviable bird lists!
  • Focused searches for endemic species, while also looking for non-endemics

Thu01Sep – Sun04Sep
Thu22Sep – Sun25Sep 
Price: 295 Euro pp

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Why Estonian Nature Tours?

Photographer Neil Aldridge visited Estonia. “Estonia, its people, landscapes and wildlife were truly captivating. I'm already looking forward to returning and I hope to be able to share the country's wildlife riches and photography potential with guests on future trips., “  he said.

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For friendly, experts advice, excellent customer care and 'accommodation only' call +372 477 8214, +372 5349 6695 or contact us online info@naturetours.ee

 

ENT at the Birdfair 2011

 The 2011 Birdfair will take place at Egleton Nature Reserve, Rutland on Friday 19th – Sunday 21st August. This is the fourth time Estonian Nature Tours (ENT) has participated in the bird tourism fair as an exhibitor.
Estonia is becoming increasingly popular and Estonian Nature Tours offer new trips to see birds in autumn, as well as brown bear tracking and watching, a butterfly and dragonfly tour and flying squirrel study trip, plus totally new opportunity – visit Estonia and Russia.

Visit us at Marquee 5 Stand 32!

 

ESTONIA – the heart of European wildlife

To find out more about our beautiful country download the brochure here ...


 

NEW! Butterflies & Dragonflies in Estonia

Representatives of Butterfly Conservation and British Dragonfly Society visited Estonia!


Happy team
Photo: Urmas Tartes

At the beginning of August, Estonian Nature Tours (ENT) was joined by representatives from Butterfly Conservation, BC “European Interests Group” and British Dragonfly Society for an invitational visit to Estonia. Descriptions of this positive tour experience will be appearing in articles, reports and nature films in various websites, newsletters and magazines during the coming months. Estonia as an attractive butterfly and dragonfly destination will be showcased to over a 30 000 nature enthusiast around Europe. ENT will start selling the new tours in European markets by late autumn 2011. Read more...


Pallas´ Fritillary (Argynnis laodice)
Photo: Urmas Tartes

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Promotional tour

Promotional Tour to Estonia in Autumn 2011

Estonian Nature Tours is organizing 4-day Promotional tour to West-Estonia (Lääne county) on September 16-21  2011. The tour is partially Environmental Board (Matsalu National Park) and EU-financed West-Estonia round trip for journalists interested in the fields of wildlife watching and local culture. The main aim of the tour is to introduce to the world with the help of motivated journalists our wonderful network of unspoilt wetland habitats and the birding and mammal watching opportunities our unique wildlife offer in Autumn, but also to promote the rich history of this area and the principles of sustainable tourism.

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The number of places are limeted. Please phone or e-mail us for detailed itineraries... tel +372 5349 6695 / e-mail: info@naturetours.ee

 

 

 

For friendly, experts advice, excellent customer care and 'accommodation only' call +372 477 8214,
+372 5349 6695 or contact us online.

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