Scheduled tour dates
|TRIP DATES||AVAILABILITY||PRICE||SPACE LEFT|
|10/03/2024 - 15/03/2024||Available||€1,400.00||
In Estonia, March is the month when the land is covered with snow, or at least there are some patches of snow under the forest and on small dirt roads. Migrating birds are returning and the sun is moving higher and higher every day. Spring is not only in the air but also in the hearts of many birds and mammals. For example, it’s the mating season for the main target of this tour – the Eurasian Lynx. It’s the period when there are really good chances to spot one, as they are more active and come to open areas much more often. During different periods, Estonia has been the country with the highest lynx population density and the local individuals are one of the largest in the world. Its’ main prey – Roe Deer, is doing better year after and so is the local lynx population. Right now, an estimate of about 500 Eurasian Lynx inhabit the forests of Estonia, and one of the best areas to spot them is Lahemaa National Park in the northeastern part of the country. Lahemaa was also the first national park grounded in the whole former Soviet Union and is still the largest NP in Estonia.
If the dates do not fit, you could join our Lynx and Steller’s Eider Tour. If early spring is not the most suitable time for your travels, but you still wish to look for the lynx then join us in autumn for the Lynx and Bear Tour.
Looking for the lynx will be done with thermal imagery binoculars and we start usually half an hour before sunset. Usually, we look until late in the evening or sometimes even until the first hours of the new day depending on our success and level of tiredness. We move and the lynx moves and during these 5 evenings, there will be a very high probability that at one point our paths cross. Looking intensively for the lynx on 5 evenings gives us a very high probability of seeing one. It must be noted that looking for Lynx means quite a lot of driving around in the dark.
Although this tour concentrates on the Eurasian Lynx, we will most likely also meet other mammals sharing the same habitats, such as Elk, Roe Deer, Snow Hare, Pine Marten, and Raccoon Dogs, just to name the main ones. Daytime will be used for resting and looking for bird specialties, such as the forest grouse and woodpeckers. If the snow conditions are suitable, we would also go lynx-tracking. Evening excursions will give us also the chance to spot several species of owls, such as the Ural Owl and Pygmy Owl.
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