|Penduline tit - one of the stars of the bird scene in Estonia|
ALTHOUGH Estonia does not feature strongly on the radar of most birders, that could change sooner than later.
As Tarvo Valker outlined in his absorbing illustrated presentation at Birdfair, it boasts some great birds, including Ural owl, great snipe, penduline tit, black grouse, capercaillie, nutcracker, lesser spotted eagle and eight woodpecker species (such as the white-backed which is increasing).
|Tarvo Walker - experienced ornithologist and a tour guide|
A birder for almost 25 years, Tarvo explained that his country has a low human population and enjoys impressive nature protection across a wide range of habitats including bogland and ancient forest.
Crucially, Estonia is at the western edge of the range of many eastern species, certain unfamiliar warblers for instance.
* More information is available at: http://www.naturetours.ee/
* Photo of penduline tit: