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Unterwegs mit OAMV Mai 2015

Im Zeitraum vom 9-17.Mai 2015 unternahm die Ornithologische Arbeitsgemeinschaft Mecklenburg-Vorpommerns eine ornithologische Reise nach Estland. Insgesamt wurden 193 Vogelarten gesehen.

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Neue Direktflüge nach Tallinn 2015

Flugverbindung zwischen Deutschland, Österreich und Estland wird besser. Estonian Air und Air Baltic öffnen Direktflüge von Berlin, München und Wien.
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Estonian Brown Bears in discoverwildlife.com page 19.12.2013

In the DiscoverWildlife.com two photographers Remo Savisaar and Neil Aldridge ´s photos were published- http://www.discoverwildlife.com/gallery/estonian-wildlife-photo-gallery-neil-aldridge-and-remo-savisaar

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Reisebericht: Moore, Taiga und baltische Küsten Mai 2012

Naturkundliche-ornithologische Reise nach Estland: Moore, Taiga und baltische Küsten

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Braunbär

Braunbär

With more than 700 animals Estonia has one of the strongest Brown Bear populations in Europe. A forested area in N-E Estonia, called Alutaguse, has almost half of Estonian bears. Although fairly common there, it is still difficult to see them in wild. Natourest has built hides for observing and photographing these magnificent predators.

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Elch

Elch

Elk (or Moose, as Americans say) is a common animal in Estonia. With the population of more than 12 000 animals, Elks can be seen all over Estonia, but it is naturally more common in the big wilderness areas.

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Sperlingskauz

Sperlingskauz

Pygmy Owl is the smallest owl in Europe. You can find this bird all over Estonia, we have about 600-1200 breeding pairs. Pygmy owl is active during the sunset and sunrise, before and after the other owls. They usually are not afraid of people so Pygmy Owl is easy to watch for longer time and quite close. Best time for watching Pygmy Owl is March- May and also September- October, during these periods Pygmy owls protect their territories.

SperlingskauzWe usually see the Pygmy Owl on all of our Spring and Autumn bird and mammal tours.

With self-guided tour you will be in Pygmy Owl habitat.

 

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Auerhuhn

Auerhuhn

The speculated number of male Capercaillies in Estonia is about 1000-1500 birds. They live in big forest areas like Soomaa and Alutaguse but we can’t find them in Estonian islands. April is the time when they lek. Male birds gather in sparse forest spots and fight for females. All the Capercaillie leks are under protection in Estonia but after the lek birds often some to the  small forest roads to look for small gravel stones. This is a good option to see the Capercaillie. Best time for that is April- first part of May and also September-October.

nettiWe usually see the Capercaillies on our longer bird and mammal watching tours. A very good area for seeing them is Alutaguse. It is a good area for 2-3 day tour to also watch other taiga species like Ural-, Pygmy Owl, Three -toed Woodpecker and Brown Bear. Our selfguided bird tour takes you to a good Capercaillie habitats.

 

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Regenmoor

Regenmoor

About 23% of Estonia is covered with peat land soil and about 8%  is covered with raised bogs.

You will find raised bogs all over Estonia. Bogs started to develop after the last Ice Age about 12 0000 years ago. Biggest of them are 10 000 hectares and the peat layer is 6-8 metres thick.There are pools 2-3 metres deep, mineral bog islands, old trees and unique-looking plants in the bog.

IMG_3276Common birds species breeding in the bogs are great grey shrike, raven, golden eye and  waders. In some solitary bog islands Golden eagle might nest also a wolf pack might live.

We visit bog on all of our longer bird and mammal watching tours and also the self-guided tours take you to bogs. We enjoy the view to the bog- stunted pines and scenery bog pools. In Spring, plants are blooming and in Autumn sphagnum is colorful. Bogs are especially beautiful during sunset.

 

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Ringelrobbe

Ringelrobbe

Estonia hosts the most  southern Ringed Seal population in the world. Their population is about 1500 and they can be spotted around small islets near Hiiumaa and Muhumaa.

In spring Ringed Seals are molting and rest near small islets on the coastal rocks. They spend summer feeding in fish filled waters and double their body weight for the end of the Summer. Then, in the beginning of Autumn, they gather again to spend time on rock in big haul-out areas, making them easy to watch.  In Winter seals can be spotted on sea-ice from where they  slip into ice cracks or seal holes to feed under ice. In the end of February- beginning of March, females give birth to cubs in small snow caves. Cubs are nursed about a month. Ringed Seals mating season starts right after birth. In April when sea-ice starts to melt, they gather again to islets to shed fur.

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Ringed Seals spend time on coastal rocks twice a year: in Spring and in the end of Summer-beginning of Autumn and then it is best possibility to spot them. If you are in the right place at the right time then it is quite easy to see them. We watch Ringed Seals on our nature expirience tour , bird and mammal watching tours.

 

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