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Estonia, two trips.
Estonia, Butterflies & Orchids, July 2010. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

White AdmiralRenowned for birds, Estonia is equally rich in butterflies, thus this short break was dedicated to searching out a few species rarer further south in the Baltics. The basic plan was to visit the islands of Hiiumaa and Saaremaa, both with peninsulas rich in butterflies and orchids, then cut across the country to the far south-east, where Clouded Apollo sometimes lurks in river valleys close to the Russian border.

Precious little information exists on butterfly sites in the country, even less so for timings that the different species are on the wing. For this reason, it was very much a ‘blind trip’, merely planned at the last moment when the weather forecast suggested sunny days ahead.

Last Updated ( Monday, 02 August 2010 )
Estonia, Seaducks & Grosbeaks, January 2009. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

Pine Grosbeak




A New Year mini-break, stopping off in Latvia to search for Pine Grosbeaks, a major rarity in the Baltic States, then continuing to Estonia for the seaduck spectacles - to a backdrop of snow and ice, over 800 Steller's Eiders, several White-tailed Eagles and rafts of seaduck that numbered in their thousands, an impressive way to begin a year.




Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 July 2010 )