Thursday, December 20, 2012

It's Solstice tomorrow

We’ll give you a photo-gallery for Christmas, click here to see it...

It's freezing outside and it's already as dark as it gets – the days won't grow shorter any more. During the last days the windows are covered in ice ferns. No wind and drifting snow any more, but it's still snowing slightly. Mortimer's walkabout is getting shorter every day – cold paws, you know ...

The bird-feeder is full of hustle. There are Great Tits, Marsh Tits, Blue Tits, Greenfinches, Nuthatches and House Sparrows – pretty colourful company, isn't it? A Great Spotted Woodpecker is bullying there every morning. I don't mind, there is enough for everyone. Still no Bullfinches.

Prolonged mornings and lazy evenings are passing quietly and contemplatively in the candle-light, the only sound being the spits and cracks of the fireplace.

It's Solstice tomorrow, the very first winter-day.

On behalf of the Estonian Nature Tours´ team 
Marika Mann

Homme on pööripäev

Kingime teile jõuludeks pildigalerii, seda näed siin... 

Õues on pakane ja enam pimedamaks minna ei saa. Juba mitmendat päeva on aknad jäälillemustritega kirjatud. Tuisk on järele andnud, kuid lund sajab tasapisi juurde. Mortimeri jalutusring jääb aina lühemaks – käpad külmad, käpad külmad...

Lindude söögimajas käib tihe askeldamine. Kohal on rasvatihased , sootihased , sinitihased, rohevindid , puukoristajad ja koduvarblased – päris liigirikas plats, kas pole? Suur kirjurähn laiutab ka igal hommikul. Mina teda ära ei aja, jätkub kõigile. Leevikesi veel ei ole.

Pikad hommikud ja laisad õhtud mööduvad küünalde valguses vaikselt ja mõtiskledes, ainsaks heliks sageli vaid praksuv tuli ahjus ja pliidi all.

Homme on pööripäev, algab talv.

Estonian Nature Tours´i nimel
Marika Mann

Monday, December 17, 2012

Migration Map News

Since 2005 the Estonian Ornithological Society and the Eagle Club have placed satellite and GPS receivers on birds. Receivers are placed on the birds primarily for the purpose of researching the species and organising protection. All of these birds have also been named.

This year, the Migration Map autumn season started in mid July. Migration map has upgraded, though the changes are not obvious - there are added new players, Opreys of ESTLAT project and a completely new species - White-tailed Eagle. It is likely that all the birds we can follow this year are now visible on Migration Map. You can see four new juvenile Cranes (Ahja3, Juula2, Kadaja ja Hauka), and at least three of these are already heading south. There are alkso juveniles tracked in previous years from numbered territories. For example, Ahja2 got his transmitter in 2011 and spent this summer in the border area between Belarus and Ukraine. Cranes are tracked by Estonian University of Life Sciences. 

 White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) / Remo Savisaar

White-tailed Eagle Nimeta (which means No Name!) was rehabilitated in Vet Clinicum and released in Eastern Estonia. He did not move much for a week, but then started to fly north. He was found in the Finnish Gulf and we can assume he’ll return there. We will see if he was already breeding somewhere... Nimeta is tracked with support of voluntary donations.

Another interesting track is that of Piret the Osprey. For some reason having crossed the Sudan border she then turned back north. Another Osprey of ESTLAT Eagles project Ilze stopped for some time in Hungary at the Hortobagy National Park. The male Osprey Eriks stopped in Bulgaria, but Estonian Ilmar is still at its breeding grounds. Lesser Spotted Eagles are also starting to migrate.

To see Migration Map click here...

Estonian Ornithological Society
Eagle Club

Friday, December 14, 2012

ONCE IN A LIFETIME! Fox Sparrow break in ESTONIA

From 295 € pp.

For twitchers who can make a very quick decision and are keen to see the extremely rare vagrant Fox Sparrow, we now offer a 2-day bargain trip.
Book now so you don’t miss out on this rare opportunity!
The offer is valid from today until such date that the bird decides to move on.
We kindly request that you contact us directly before booking flights. Our local guide, Tarvo Valker will be checking the site daily and will be able to confirm whether the bird is still present.

Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) / Tarvo Valker

More than a week ago, an extremely rare vagrant Fox Sparrow was found in Estonia, just one hour drive from our capital, Tallinn. So far, nearly 100 twitchers from Estonia, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, UK and Belgium have been fortunate enough come over and see this bird. The bird is still present and many birdwatchers think that it could easily stay here for several more weeks, meaning that there will be a very good chance for everybody to come to Estonia to twitch this stunning passerine.

The normal distribution range of the Fox Sparrow is in North-America, while in Europe there have only been 2 previous confirmed records of this extremely rare vagrant.  The last time this bird was recorded in Europe was 51 years ago! Obviously nobody knows how long the bird will stay.

The Fox Sparrow became the 386th bird species recorded in Estonia.

To see a video clip about emotions of one of the top Western-Palearctic species twitchers, Bosse Carlsson from Sweden, click here... 
Scroll down and click to the video, wait about 30 seconds, after a Vodka advert :)

Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) / Source: Wikipedia

Estonian Nature Tours is offering to help make your twitching trip to Estonia as comfortable as possible. We offer a short trip which will include a rental car driven by a keen birdwatcher who will make all due efforts to ensure that you see the Fox Sparrow, as well as a one night stay at a comfortable hotel. The location of the hotel allows for further birding in the wonderful surrounding areas, looking for northern bird specialties like Waxwing, Great Grey Shrike, Long-tailed Duck, Pine Grosbeak (possible), White-backed Woodpecker and Hazel Hen, to name only a few!

For a group size of  2-8 people, price includes local transportation, guide, one dinner and one night in hotel with private facilities and breakfast. Exclude international tickets and insurance. All you have to do is get yourself to Tallinn Airport (or Tallinn Harbor) where our local guide will meet you.

For futher information on Fox Sparrow break or any of bargain birdwatching trips we have on offer, plus booking details, terms and conditions please phone or e-mail us:

Tel:  +372 5349 6695 / E-mail:

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Rare in Europe Fox Sparrow was spotted in Estonia

Last Sunday Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) was the very first time spotted in Estonia. It is also very rare throughout the whole Europe.

Just in the middle of November another European rarity, the Dusky Thrush was also spotted in Estonia, where it usually doesn’t occur. And now, some weeks later the Fox Sparrow was here.

Fox Sparrow is so incredibly rare because this is a North American species, as the birdwatchers say, having been spotted in Europe only  two or three times.

Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) / Source: Wikipedia

„Rarities happen to be in the birdwatchers‘ sight unexpectedly and this exactly happened there at the wastewater sewage plant in Haapsalu, where the local well-known birdwatcher  Aivar Veide happened upon the bird. He was lucky enough to get the pictures right away, but first it was not clear, what it was, because the species is missing from the keybooks of Europe,” said Margus Ots, the chairman of the Bird Rarities Committee of the Estonian Ornithological Society to the “Terevisioon” broadcast. “These pictures spread quickly in the internet and the species was soon determined.”

To explain, how the rare Fox Sparrow could happen to Estonia Margus Ots  said, that the outermost distant rarities come to pass here mainly with the same reason – something went wrong on the migration route.

“The bird may have been hit by a storm and then carried away even onto another continent. Another suspicion is, when talking about small Passerines, that being out on the Atlantic Ocean due to a storm or whatnot, they may take a wrong ship to rest on and travel towards Europe instead,” said Ots.

How it will cope with our winter, Ots ould not say.

The rarity has been watched by dozens of birdwatchers both from Estonia and from Finland. “While this is a rare bird throughout Europe then we may expect birdwatchers from further countries as well, such as Great Britain and similar,” Ots commented. Obviously nobody knows how long the bird will stay in one place.

The Fox Sparrow became the 386th bird species ever met in Estonia.

Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) / Aivar Veide

Source: ERR 04.12.2012

Eestis nähti Euroopas üliharuldast rebassidrikut

Möödunud pühapäeval nähti Eestis esmakordselt rebassidrikut (Passerella iliaca), kes on kogu Euroopas väga harvaesinev linnuliik.

Alles novembri keskpaigas nähti Eestis esmakordselt kogu Euroopas harvanähtavat ruskerästast, kes tavaliselt Eestisse ei satu. Möödunud pühapäeval nähti Eestis aga esmakordselt üliharuldast rebassidrikut.

Rebassidriku teeb linnuvaatlejate sõnul üliharuldaseks see, et teda on Euroopas ainult paar-kolm korda nähtud. Tegelikult toimetab ta hoopis Põhja-Ameerikas.

Rebassidrik (Passerella iliaca) / Allikas: Wikipedia

"Haruldused satuvad väga ootamatult linnuvaatlejate vaatevälja ja sellegagi seal Haapsalu veepuhastusjaama juures läks nii, et Haapsalu tuntud linnuvaatleja Aivar Veide sellele linnule otsa sattus. Ta sai õnneks ruttu ka pildid, kuid kohe polnud selge, kellega tegu on, sest Euroopa linnumäärajates teda ei ole," rääkis "Terevisioonile" Eesti ornitoloogiaühingu linnuharulduste komisjoni esimees Margus Ots.

"Pildid levisid aga ruttu internetis ja määrang oli õige kiiresti selge," lisas ta.

Küsimusele, kuidas võis haruldane rebassidrik Eestisse sattuda, vastas Ots, et kaugelt tulnud eksikülalised satuvad siia enamasti sel põhjusel, et rändeteel on midagi vussi läinud.

"Lind on kas tormi kätte jäänud ja siis lausa teisele kontinendile sattunud. Väikeste värvuliste puhul võib aga kahtlustada seda, et kui ta näiteks tormiga sattus Atlandi ookeanile, siis osa maad sõitis ta Euroopa poole hoopis laeva pardal," märkis Ots.

Seda, kas lind Eesti talvega hakkama saab, ei osanud Ots öelda.

Haruldust on Otsa sõnul vaatamas käinud juba kümned linnuvaatlejat nii Eestist kui ka Soomest. "Kuna tegemist on Euroopas väga haruldase eksikülalisega, mõned ükskikud korrad on teda Euroopas nähtud, siis võib arvata, et linnuvaatlejaid tuleb lisaks naabermaadele ka kaugemalt - Inglismaalt ja mujaltki."

Samas tõdes ta, et pole teada, kui kauaks lind ühe koha peale püsima jääb.

Rebassidrikust sai 386. linnuliik, keda eales Eestis nähtud.

Rebassidrik (Passerella iliaca) / Aivar Veide 

Allikas: ERR 04.12.2012

Monday, December 3, 2012

The Bears in Estonia are moving to the West

The abundance of bears has been growing during the latest decade little by little. As the consequence they have recently moved from the Middle Estonia to the West. While there were no bear litters in the Läänemaa County six years ago, then the latest count was showing four females with cubs. Leaving the female bears be unhunted has helped to increase their distribution area.

Peep Männil from the Department of Wildlife Monitoring has referred to the clear increase in the abundance of bears both in the Läänemaa County and in the Western part of the Harju County. “It can be mostly explained with the intensiveness of hunting: the pressure in these areas has been constantly low and so far no adult female bears have been hunted there,” explained he.

According to the latest abundance estimation there are 650-700 bears in the woods of Estonia. As a comparative remark we should say that the number of wolves is about 250 and the number of lynxes is up to 600.

Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) / Valeri Štšerbatõh

As of the bears it has been speculated that the increment rate has now stabilized after a prolonged increase period, mostly due to comparatively active hunting. In the previous season 53 bears were hunted, this year the number was 55.

The action plan of protection and containment of large carnivores for 2012-2021 is aiming at holding the number of bears at the level of 60 litters with cubs and 600 specimen as a minimum. Additionally it has been planned to carry on hunting as the remedy of preserving the fearfulness and to minimize bear damages.

Männil emphasized that for the protection of the bear population it is equally important to maintain their distribution to the Southern counties and prohibit hunting closer than 50 km to the Southern border.

Large carnivores have become extremely attractive nature tourism targets in Europe, mainly due to their low abundance and constrained distribution areas. Several countries, where the number of large predators is higher, have been dealing with this tourism branch for a long time already and lately it has started to developed in Estonia as well. The biggest attraction have been undoubtedly the bears. Unlike with wolves and lynxes it is possible to watch the bears, to take pictures and video clips and attract them to the feeding grounds and hides.

Tracks of Brown Bear / Bert Rähni

The bears are active mostly in the twilight and at night. In the daytime they are usually sleeping in some sheltered place and leave when people get too close. Therefore it is not easy to meet a bear in the wild. Right now the bears are taking their winter’s nap or making the last preparations for the sleep.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Coming soon! Eagles and more – a taste of an Estonian Winter

Sun 3rd March – Thu 7th March
Thu 7th March- Mon 11th March
Mon 11th March- Fri 15th March

If you want to join Luke Massey photographing eagles in the snow as well as other Estonian wildlife next March, we will be announcing an exiting holiday very soon. Visit our website by choosing Wildlife Photography from the left menu or contact us to signup the Newsletter... 

Estonia is an up and coming destination for wildlife photography. Boasting fantastic species such as European lynx and wolves, white tailed eagles, wild boar and elk. All of which you may get the chance to photograph if you visit Estonia already this Winter.

The main focus of the trip will be photographing white tailed eagles and anything else that visits the fantastic feeding site, from golden eagles to wolves! Based in the south east of Estonia, a land of pine forests and wetlands and a hotspot for a wide range of mammals and birds.

Our small hide is specially designed for photographers having space for a maximum of 2 persons. The hide is well-insulated and has gas heating, so even if it is -30C outside, it will be warm and cosy inside. The hide has been designed by some of Estonia’s best wildlife photographers making it perfect for photography. Visitors will be able to take a wide range of images, from naturally perched eagle shots to eagles on the ground as well as being perfectly situated to have birds flying directly towards the hide.

In winter, the hide is usually visited by 2-4 eagles daily. Sometimes Golden Eagles and Buzzards are also in attendance, along with red foxes, raccoon dogs and even wolves. Photographing the eagles in winter allows for the opportunity to photograph them with snow on the ground and if you’re really lucky falling snow.

When not in the hide, you’ll have the opportunity to try and photograph the local birdlife, from black woodpeckers to crested tits and many more in between. Along with this opportunity a local guide will take you to a number of different habitats in search of a wide range of animals and birds.

This year, for the first time, eagle feeding started in mid-August. The result has been amazing! In September it was common for 5-7 individual birds to visit the feeding site, along with raccoon dogs, red foxes and wolves. The feeding site has not only allowed fantastic eagle photographs to be taken, but also valuable research has taken place, recording ringed birds, the amount of juveniles and behaviour. With 2012’s earlier feeding period this has now hopefully lengthened the season that the hide can be open. Follow the updates on the eagles on Twitter, Facebook and our blog.  

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Suitsupääsukesel täitus 50 aastat rahvuslinnuna

Eile 50 aastat tagasi valiti Eesti rahvuslinnuks suitsupääsuke. See toimus Eesti Looduseuurijate Seltsi ornitoloogiasektsiooni koosolekul Tartus. Rahva seas hästi tuntud ja armastatud suitsupääsukese esitas kandidaadiks tuntud loodusraamatute autor Kustas Põldmaa. Kaaluti ka mõnd merelindu ja saaremaa männi-käbilindu, kuid suitsupääsuke pälvis üksmeelse poolehoiu.

Suitsupääsuke (Hirundo rustica) / Mati Kose

Kõikidele maadele oma rahvuslinnu valimise initsiatiiv tuli toona rahvusvaheliselt linnukaitsenõukogult, kes soovis sellega tõsta rahvaste huvi linnukaitse vastu ning edastada sõnumit, et kaitset ja hoidu väärivad ka igapäevased tiivulised, mitte ainult haruldused.

Kuigi aastakümnete jooksul on paljud rahvad endale rahvuslinnu valinud, eristub suitsupääsuke nendest oluliselt oma populaarsuse ja rolli poolest. Suitsupääsuke on kujunenud üheks Eesti riigi, eestlaste ja eestluse sümboliks, mis kinnistus ilmselt laulva revolutsiooni aastatel, mil suitsupääsuke kinnitati ühes rukkilillega Eesti rahvussümboleiks. Suitsupääsukese kui sümboli tugevusest annab tunnistust seegi, kui palju kasutatakse pääsukesemotiivi meie kaasaegses sümboolikas, milles soovitakse rõhutada tihedat seost Eesti ja omamaisusega: märgised Tunnustatud Eesti Maitse ja Eesti ökomärgis „Puhas keskkond“, Tallinna Lennujaam, Estonian Air, Eesti film 100 filmisari jmt. Eestluse sümbolina kasutatakse suitsupääsukest sagedasti ka meie trükimeedia karikatuuridel.

Mure tavaliste ja laialt levinud linnuliikide kadumise pärast on täna aktuaalsemgi kui 50 aastat tagasi. Suitsupääsukese ja teistegi kaugrändurite käekäik pole kiita Eestis ega mujal Euroopas. Muutunud põllumajanduspraktika Euroopa pesitsusaladel, massiline tapmine rändeteedel, kliimamuutusest ja üha laienevast inimtegevusest põhjustatud kõrbestumine ning putukate kadumine talvitusaladel on vähendanud ka suitsupääsukese Euroopa populatsiooni.

Suitsupääsukeste rändekaart

Kuigi Lõuna-Euroopas ja Aafrikas toimuvat suudame vähe mõjutada, saab igaüks oma kodukohas palju ära teha, et meie rahvuslind vähemalt Eestis end koduselt tunneks. Selleks saab luua suitsupääsukesele sobivaid pesitsustingimusi või aidata Eesti Ornitoloogiaühingul jälgida selle liigi käekäiku, osaledes algatuses „Kodukoha pääsuke“. Täpsemad juhised ja rohkem teavet rahvuslinnu kohta leiad siit.

Allikas: Eesti Ornitoloogiaühingu Pressiteade 26.11.2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

Karud kolivad Eestis üha lääne poole

Karude arvukus on saanud viimasel kümnendil rahulikult kosuda. Selle tulemusena on nad viimastel aastatel kolinud Kesk-Eestist ka Läänemaale. Kui veel kuus aastat tagasi polnud Läänemaal ühtegi karupesakonda, siis viimase loenduse järgi oli sinna siginenud neli poegadega emaslooma. Mesikäppade levikuala Eestis on aidanud laiendada eeskätt emakarude küttimata jätmine. 

Peep Männil keskkonnateabe keskuse ulukiseire osakonnast viitas, et karude arvukuse suurenemist on viimasel ajal olnud selgelt märgata nii Läänemaal kui ka Harjumaa lääneosas. „Seda saab põhjendada peamiselt küttimisega: küttimissurve on neil aladel olnud tagasihoidlik ning siiani ei ole seal kütitud ühtegi täiskasvanud emakaru,” selgitas ta.

Viimase arvukushinnangu järgi elab Eesti metsades kokku 650–700 mesikäppa. Olgu võrdluseks märgitud, et hunte on meil 250 ringis ja ilveseid kuni 600.

 Pruunkarud (Ursus arctos) / Valeri Štšerbatõh

Karude puhul arvatakse, et juurdekasvu kiirus on pärast pikemat tõusutrendi tänu suhteliselt aktiivsele küttimisele nüüdseks pigem stabiliseerunud. Kui näiteks eelmisel jahihooajal lasti üle Eesti 53 karu, siis tänavu on keskkonnaameti andmeil kütitud 55 karu.

Aastateks 2012–2021 koostatud suurkiskjate kaitse ja ohjeldamise tegevuskava seab sihiks hoida karude arvukust edaspidi vähemalt 60 poegadega pesakonna ja 600 isendi juures. Ühtlasi on sellesse hiljuti keskkonnaministri allkirja saanud kavasse kirjutatud, et karudele jahi pidamist tuleb jätkata eeskätt liigi inimpelglikkuse säilitamiseks ja karude tekitatud kahjustuste vähendamiseks.

Männil osutas, et karude asurkonna kaitse seisukohalt on väga tähtis tagada nende levikuala laienemine ka lõunapoolsetesse maakondadesse ja sellepärast tuleks tema arvates vältida karude küttimist Eesti lõunapiirile lähemal kui 50 kilomeetrit.
Suurkiskjad on suhteliselt vähese arvukuse ja väikese levikuala tõttu muutunud Euroopas väga atraktiivseteks loodusturismi objektideks. Paljudes riikides, kus suurkiskjaid on rohkem, on selle turismiharuga tegeletud juba pikalt ja ka Eestis on see viimasel paaril aastal arenema hakanud. Suurkiskjatest on aidanud loodusturismivankrit vedada just karud: erinevalt huntidest ja ilvestest on mesikäppasid võimalik näha, pildistada ja filmida, kui meelitada nad söödaplatside lähedusse rajatud vaatlusonnide juurde.

 Karu käpajäljed / Bert Rähni

Karud liiguvad ringi peamiselt videvikus ja öösel. Päeval nad tavaliselt magavad kuskil varjulises kohas ja inimest märgates eelistavad eemalduda. Seetõttu ei ole karu looduses just kerge kohata. Praegu teevad karud taliuinakut või viimaseid ettevalmistusi uinumiseks.

Allikas: Eesti Päevaleht

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ruskerästas on uus linnuliik Eestis

Lääne-Eestis, Kihnu saare lõunatipus Pitkänäs on juba mitu päeva elevust tekitanud üks ruskerästas (Turdus naumanni). Seda Siberi liiki pole Eestis varem kohatud. Esimest korda märgati lindu juba 15. novembril, aga alles 17. novembril õnnestus liik enam-vähem ära määrata (Aivo Klein, Mati Kose). Määrang kinnitati 18.novembril Eesti Linnuharulduste komisjoni poolt.

Seni pole linnust veel häid pilte õnnestunud saada, kuid udust pilti näeb Estbirdingu galeriis.

Vaatlus on äratanud tähelepanu ka mujal Euroopas, teadaolevalt plaanivad bongamist lisaks soomlastele veel ka britid ja prantslased.

Ruskerästas on Eesti 385. linnuliik.

Ruskerästas (Turdus naumanni) / Robin Newlin

Naumann's Thrush is in Estonia!

In West Estonian Archipelago, more precisely in Pitkänä, the Southernmost top of the Kihnu Island, a Naumann's Thrush (Turdus naumanni) has caused great excitement for several days already. This Siberian species has never been spotted in Estonia before. The first spotting took place as early as November 15, but the species was more or less satisfactorily identified by Aivo Klein and Mati Kose only by November 17. This identification was positively confirmed by The Estonian Rarities Committee in November 18. 

So far no good photographs have been taken of the bird, but one hazy snapshot is loaded up to the Estbirding Gallery.

This sighting has grabbed attention elsewhere in Europe. Up to our knowledge not only Finnish twitchers, but also bird-lovers from UK and France are planning some outing.

The Naumann's Thrush is the 385th bird species of Estonia.

  Naumann's Thrush (Turdus naumanni) / Robin Newlin

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Our Estland – natuurreis has been ‘Best beoordeeld’ tour in 2012

Estland – natuurreis, the Estonian Nature Tours first Pan Parks tour, has been ‘Best beoordeeld’ tour in 2012 what means that the trip has very high scores in the inquiry forms of our agent SNP clients. Read more about PAN Parks tour...  

Our first PAN Parks tours agent is SNP Naturreizen - the largest nature and culture tours travel agency in the Netherlands. This kind of new travel idea appeared to be so popular, that 3 tours will be on sale next year. 

Estonian Nature Tours (ENT) is became an incoming tour operator partner of PAN Parks in 2011. Read more...

Norman Miller, UK based journalist won the award of Brittish Guild of Travel Writers in the category of 'Best Destination Feature under 850 words' for his feature on Soomaa, Estonia! Congratulation to Norman and thanks for promoting Soomaa PAN Park. Read more...

Awards were presented to British travel writers for top UK and worldwide tourism subjects at a spectacular presentation at the Savoy Hotel, London on Sunday, November 4th. Read more...

Photo: Peeter Vissak

Thursday, November 8, 2012

„Aga siin pole ju INTERNETTI ega midagi süüa...“

Milline imeline päev! Ma ei väsi imestamast, kuidas selge taevas ja päike meeleolule mõjub :) Pusisin ettekannet teha mitu päeva – töö ei läinud edasi ega tagasi. Eile hakkas idee paika loksuma ja täna hommikul oli kõik klaar!

Hommikul tõustes oli telefonis imearmas üllatus – sõnum Iisraelist. Minu päiksekiir Anette-Ly tuleb ema ja isaga puhkuselt koju.

„Annu, kas sa tahad homme koju sõita?“ Annu vastab, et tahan küll. Emme ja issi üllatunud: „Miks siis?“ Annu vastab: „Aga siin pole ju INTERNETTI ega midagi süüa...“. Siirus on liigutav.

 Valgeselg-kirjurähn (Dendrocopons leucotos) / Sven Zacek

Nädalavahetusel toksis suur-kirjurähn naabri maja katuseräästasse suure augu. Kuulsin hommikul toas valju kolkimist ja läksin õue kaema, kas keegi taob naelu seina. Ei tagunud midagi, rähn toimetas hoopis. Päris muhelema ajas, tekkis selline Andrese ja Pearu tunne... Hetk hiljem kuulsin tuppa Penijõe pargi jaoks täiesti võõrast häält. Võtsin binokli kaasa ja – usu või ära usu – musträhn toimetas teisel pool kraavi.

Musträhn (Dryocopus martius) / Remo Savisaar

Rähne on sel sügisel uskumatult palju. Tsäk ja tsäk kostab igalt poolt. Ain, minu hea kolleeg, kurtis, et ka tema maja seina on suur-kirjurähn otsustanud pesa tegema hakata. Lohutasin, et ilus ju, kui loodus ümber. Tema vastu, et eks ta siis kutsub lagled ja luiged ka pesa tegema.

Laanerähn (Picoides tridactylus) / Sven Zacek

Monday, November 5, 2012

Matsalus toimus loodusturismiseminar

2. novembril toimus Matsalus Rahvuspargi külastuskeskuses loodusturismiseminar "Matsalu piirkonna turismipotentsiaal 2014-2020. Teeme ära!". Seminar sai teoks MTÜ Terra Maritima ja Estonian Nature Tours koostöö tulemusena.

Marika Mann / Foto: Minna Jõgeda

Seminari kava:

10.00 – 10.20 Avasõnad. Matsalu rahvuspark on väljasõidu sihtkoht 2014-2020. Nele Sõber/Terra Maritima MTÜ projektijuht
10.20 – 10.50 Matsalu Rahvuspargi külastuskorralduskava tutvustamine. Marju Pajumets/RMK külastusjuht

Marju Pajumets / Foto: Minna Jõgeda

10.50 – 11.10 Internetiturundus. Olev ja Merle Mihkelmaa/MTÜ Matsalu Turism                
11.10 – 11.30 Ülevaade Hanila turismipiirkonna arendamisest. Õnneli Varend/MTÜ Lääneranna Teed ja Rajad
11.30 – 12.00 Kohvipaus
12.00 – 12.30 Rändaja Keskus Kullamaal. Linda Pärnpuu/Vetissilla OÜ, Kullamaa Käsitööselts MTÜ

Linda Pärnpuu / Foto: Minna Jõgeda

12.30 – 13.00 Muhu Kalakohviku kogemus. Kristjan Prii/endine peremees

Kristjan Prii / Foto: Minna Jõgeda

13.00 – 13.40 Lõunasöök
13.40 – 14.10 Mooste mõisakompleksi arengulugu. Minna Jõgeda/Eesti Fototurismi Keskuse juhataja
14.10 – 15.00 Fiskars Village fenomen. Jutta Evokari/Destination Manager, Fiskars, Finland

Jutta Evokari / Foto: Minna Jõgeda

Jutta Evokari & Marika Mann / Foto: Minna Jõgeda

15.00 – 15.20 EAS turismiarenduskeskuse loodusturismi fookused 2013 ja koostöövõimalused. Liina Värs, Imbi Rüütel/EAS 

Imbi Rüütel / Foto: Minna Jõgeda

15.20 – 17.00 Diskussioon ja töötoad – Matsalu mõjupiirkonna tootearendus- ja turundusstrateegia
2014-2020. Samaaegselt kohvi/tee ja koduste maiuspaladega, valmistajaks Taatsi talu perenaine Merike Palm. Töötubasid aitasid läbi viia Nele Sõber, Marika Mann, Jutta Evokari jt. 

 Osalejad / Foto: Minna Jõgeda

 Seminarist ilmub artikkel Lääne Elus 06.11.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Estonian Nature Tours´ Wildlife Photography Tour Leader, Remo Savisaar, won award!

Remo Savisaar´s photo of roe deer in snow blizzard is a Runner-up in Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 competition in Nature Black & White category. Congratulations, Remo!

This years competition has attracted over 48,000 entries from 98 countries.

The 100 spectacular prize-winning photograph from the 2012 competition are now on show in a dramatic cinematic setting at the Natural History Museum.
Remo Savisaar is a tour leader of Estonian Nature Tours Wildlife Photography tour. Read more...

The photo and the story can be seen here...
Wildlife Photographer of the Year page...
See also Remo´s photoblog...

Winter counterpoint/ Remo Savisaar

Estonian Nature Tours´i hea koostööpartneri, Remo Savisaare, foto metskitsest tuisusel väljal sai mustvalgete loodusfotode kategoorias teise koha. Palju õnne, Remo!

Konkursile saadeti kokku üle 48000 töö 98 riigist.

Näitus maailma suurima loodusfoto konkursi parimatest töödest on üleval Londoni loodusloomuuseumis. Näitus jääb avatuks kuni tuleva aasta 3. märtsini, pärast mida läheb see ülemaailmsele tuurile. Londoni loodusloomuuseumit külastab aastas üle nelja miljoni inimese ning maailma parimate loodusfotode näitus on üks populaarsemaid.

Remo Savisaar on Estonian Nature Tours´i Wildlife Photography tuuri juhendaja. Loe Lähemalt...  
Pilti ja pildilugu saab näha siin... 
Wildlife Photographer of the Year lehekülg...
Vaata ka Remo fotoblogi...

Monday, October 15, 2012

Geese and swans go home! We won't go – a grey hungry wolf is lurking behind the hill...

The autumn is here, full time.

The days are fitful and moody – in one moment there is a shower or even a howling tempest, but in a couple of hours the sun is peeping out of the clouds again. Crisp mornings and bright nights with falling stars, the calls and whirr of wings of migrating birds above my house, the scent of mould - all that make autumn really special – are now here. Just enjoy!

Autumn is uneasy, it's a time full of changes and colours. So has this very autumn plenty of top records and surprises.

In mid-september during one day the bird-watchers of Sõrve bird-station counted almost 200,000 Chaffinches!
In 21 September a new migration top number of the whole Europe was recorded – 193 migrating lesser spotted woodpeckers were counted in 5 hours ! In 25 September a rare in Estonia Firecrest (Regulus ignicapillus) was found in the net together with Goldcrests. This species has been ringed here only twice, while the last time was in 1974 – thirty eight years from now.
Although the majority of the cranes, who had gathered here for a stop-over, were leaving in late september, still 6300 migrating cranes were counted in Kabli in 6 October during one day, which is the top record crane number during the 40 years of the station's activity.
Eriks – the Osprey form Latvia – is crossing the equator, while Priidu – the Black Stork from Estonia – is in hot pursuit.

The masses of Barnacle Geese are just to arrive.

What else?

 Bears in Alutaguse

The bears in Alutaguse have lost their mind – the hurly-burly is available via the internet camera almost the nightly basis. They are roaring around in pairs and with the whole families. It happens that sometimes they are really anxious and show up already in the daylight. In the very best nights one can see from 7 to 9 bears.

White-tailed Eagles enjoy themselves close to the hide, even in groups. 

Unexpectedly early for them. The same location is regularly visited by a wolf. Day or night – it doesn't matter. Unbelievably dramatic.

Direct stream moments:

Me – I'm going to see all this with my own eyes. For ten full days. A photographer from Britain will be my company and the rest of the world can see and read about this within some months already :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Haned-luiged, minge koju! Ei saa minna, hunt on ees...

Sügis on sada protsenti kohal.

Päevad on tujukad – mingil hetkel sabistab vihma või lausa marutab, mõni tund hiljem aga piilub päike pilve tagant välja. Karged hommikud ja langevate tähtedega selged ööd, rändlindude hääled ja tiibade vihin katuse kohal, kõdulõhnad – kõik see, mis teeb sügise eriliseks – on nüüd siin ja praegu olemas. Nautigem seda.

Sügis on aeg täis rahutust, muutusi ja värve. Sel sügisel ka rohkesti rekordeid ja üllatusi.

Septembri keskpaigas loeti Sõrve linnujaamas ühe päeva jooksul rändel olevate metsvintide arvuks ligemale 200 000!

21.septembril oldi Kablis tunnistajaks uuele Euroopa ränderekordile – 5 tunni  jooksul loeti läbirändel kokku 193 väike-kirjurähni! 25.septembril sattus Kablis koos pöialpoistega võrku Eestis väga haruldane lääne-pöialpoiss (Regulus ignicapilla). Lääne-pöialpoissi on Kablis õnnestunud rõngastada siiani vaid kahel korral - eelmisest korrast (1974) möödus koguni 38 aastat.

Kuigi suurem osa Läänemaal peatuvatest sättis end rändele septembrikuu lõpus, loendati Kablis 6.oktoobril üle kuue tuhande (6300) rändava sookure, mis on linnujaama üle 40 aastase tegutsemisperioodi suurim ühel päeval loendatud sookurgede arv.

Läti kalakotkas Eriks on ületamas ekvaatorit, must-toonekurg Priidu püsib järjekindlalt kannul. 

Laglede mäsu alles algab.

Klikka laglede videot...

Mis veel?

 Karud Alutagusel

Alutaguse karud on kaotanud aru – pea igal öösel toimuvat möllu on võimalik kaamera kaudu jälgida.  Küll jaurab neid vaatlusplatsil paarikaupa, küll perekonniti. Mõnikord ei tihka mõmmikud oodata ja ilmuvad välja juba päevavalguses.  Parimatel õhtudel-öödel on nähtud 7-9 erinevat karuotti.

Alutaguse kaamera otsestriim...

Ka merikotkad lustivad täiega fotovarje läheduses. Ootamatult varajane aeg nende jaoks.

Hunt külastab sama kohta regulaarselt. Vahel päeval, vahel öösel. Uskumatult põnev siin Maarjamaal...

Otsestriimi hetked vaatlusplatsilt:

Lähen kümneks päevaks loodusesse seda kõike oma silmaga kaema. Briti fotograaf tuleb ühes ja muu maailm loeb ning naudib pilte juba mõne kuu möödudes :)

Loe ka uudiseid karude arvukuse kohta siin ja lindude rände kohta siin.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Estonia lives up to expectations

The latest copy of 'The Comma' - the BC regional magazine for the West Midlands - has an article on our Butterfly trip to Estonia this year.  You can view the article by searching for The Comma issue 83 (the article is on p.22).

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Autumn migration started and Eagle Club migration map has upgraded

Since 2005 the Estonian Ornithological Society and the Eagle Club have placed satellite and GPS receivers on birds. Receivers are placed on the birds primarily for the purpose of researching the species and organising protection. All of these birds have also been named.

Osprey, Pandion haliaetus / Urmas Sellis

From mid of July started autumn season on migration map. Migration map has upgraded, though the changes are not well visible - there are added new players, Opreys of ESTLAT project and completely new species - White-tailed Eagle. Probably all birds we can follow this year are by now visible on migration map. You can see four new juvenile Cranes (Ahja3, Juula2, Kadaja ja Hauka), of who at least tree are turned to migrate southwards. From the numbered territories there are juveniles tracked also in past years. For example, Ahja2 got transmitter 2011 and accordingly spent this summer at border area between Belarus and Ukraine. Cranes are tracked by Estonian University of Life Sciences.
White-tailed Eagle Nimeta (No Name, yet) was rehabilitated in Vet Clinicum and realized in Eastern Estonia. He did not move lot during a week, but then started to fly north. He was found in Finnish Gulf and we can assume he returns there. We will see, if he was breeding already somewhere... Nimeta is tracked with support of voluntary donations.
Very interesting is a track of Piret the Osprey. By some reason she returned from Sudan border back to north. Another Osprey of ESTLAT Eagles project Ilze stops for longer time in Hungary, Hortobagy National Park. The male Osprey Eriks stops in Bulgaria, but Estonian Ilmar is still at breeding grounds. Also Lesser Spotted Eagles start to migrate.

Click here to see Migration map

Source: Eagle Club

Sügisränne on alanud ja Kotkaklubi rändekaart on uuenenud

Eesti Ornitoloogiaühing ja Kotkaklubi on varustanud linde satelliit- ja GPS-saatjatega alates 2005. aastast. Saatjatega varustamine toimub eelkõige nende liikide kaitse parandamise eesmärgil. Kõik need linnud on saanud endale ka nimed.

Kalakotkas, Pandion haliaetus / Urmas Sellis

Juuli keskpaigast algas rändekaardil sügis. Lindude rändekaardil on toimunud muutused, mida ehk esmapilgul ei märkagi - lisandunud on uued tegelased, ESTLAT projekti kalakotkad ja päris uue liigina merikotkad. Rändekaardile on kantud praeguseks tõenäoliselt kõik linnud, keda sel aastal näidata saab. Uutena on ilmunud nähtavale Maaülikooli sookure töörühma poolt jälgitavad neli noort sookurge (Ahja3, Juula2, Kadaja ja Hauka), kellest vähemalt kolm on ka tänaseks rändele asunud. Numbritega territooriumitelt on ka varem noorlinde jälgitud, näiteks Ahja2 sai mullu jälgimisseadme ja toimetas terve viimase suve Valgevene-Ukraina piiril.
Nimeta merikotkas, kes oli ravil Maaülikooli Loomakliinikus asus pärast nädalast passimist Emajõe-Suursoos põhja poole liikuma. Ta leiti Soome lahest ja võib arvata, et sinnakanti ta ka tagasi läheb. Saame näha, kas ta oli enne hätta sattumist pesitseja või veel mitte... Tema saatja kulud kaetakse vabatahtlike annetuste abil.
Huvitav on kalakotkas Pireti teekond. Millegi pärast pöördus ta enne Sudaani piiri ületamist tagasi põhja suunas. Võimalik, et liivatorm tuli vastu või muud taolist. Igatahes nii pikka tagasilendu rände ajal pole varem jälgitud lindude puhul olnud. Teine ESTLAT Eagles projekti kalakotkas Ilze peatub Ungaris Hortobagy Rahvuspargi piiril. Läti isalind Eriks peatub Bulgaarias, aga meie Ilmar pole veel rändele asunud. Ka konnakotkad hakkavad reisima.

Lindude teekonda lõunasse saad jälgida Rändekaardilt

Allikas: Kotkaklubi

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Winners of the Questionnaire in British Birdfair 2012

For the second time Estonian Nature Tours offered a possibility to win a dream wildlife holiday to Estonia in British Birdfair 2012 and on our webpage as well. Estonian Nature Tours wishes to thank everyone who completed our questionnaire and took part in the prize draw. 
All together our questionnaire was filled in by 29 people, 12 of them gave right answers to all the questions and therefore gained the right to participate in our drawing.

We are delighted to announce the winners:

Grand Prize: Birdwatching holiday Estonia- A Shelter For Western Taiga Forest Birds. Price 860 € - Mr Barthorpe

Lot 1: Brown Bear tracking and watching. Price 100 € - Mrs Hall
Lot 2: Flying Squirrel Study trip. Price 100 € - Mr Rutt
Lot 3: Beaver boat-trip. Price 85 € - Mr Chew

Congratulations to everyone!

We asked all nature lovers to read carefully our homepage or read up on the brochure "ESTONIA – the heart of European wildlife" You have now excellent opportunity to get acquainted to Estonia’s nature.

Photo: Greg Funnell