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What is the National Bird of Estonia?

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The national bird of Estonia is the Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica. Of course, in Estonia the bird is not called Barn Swallow. Before Estonia switched over to the Euro the back of the 500-kroon note was graced by the national bird. Estonia is not the only country to have the Barn Swallow as the national bird.

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Fur and Fangs rather than Feathers and Beaks

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A rutting Fallow buck, photographed in Norfolk, England Elk (or what the Americans call Moose) I’ve encountered several times in Scandinavia, Estonia and Poland. I always enjoy watching them when I see them in Europe: the individual above was in Estonia last March. I’ve only seen European Bison in Poland, in the Bialoweiza Forest.

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Fur and Fangs rather than Feathers and Beaks

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Some years ago I was surprised to see one while birding in Matsalu National Park in Estonia. It must have been one of the first to reach Estonia, but I gather that they are now well established there. My only wolf sightings have been in Spain, in December, and at great range.

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Finding Birds in Northern Greece by Dave Gosney

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Dave Gosney’s Finding Birds Series covers mostly the Western Palearctic and describes birding in various regions of Portugal, Spain, Morocco, France, Finland, Estonia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, etc., with some additions, namely South Texas, The Gambia, and Goa (India).

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Enjoying the Orange Peril

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This Slavonian ( Horned ) Grebe was photographed in Estonia Digiscoping is great for capturing distant, wary birds, such as this Great Bustard in Spain I’d opted for an angled eyepiece on the Swarovski as I had found that angled scopes are far superior when the scope is being looked through by people of different heights.

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Birding Finland on the Fly

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On the following day we took a short day trip by boat to Old Town Tallinn, Estonia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Tip: if you do attempt this day trip, be sure to arrive 20 minutes before scheduled departure, otherwise you will not be allowed to board the vessel). Old Town Tallinn, Estonia. Trumpeter swan visible from bird tower.

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The European Christmas Bird Count

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Barnacle geese breed mainly on the Arctic islands of the North Atlantic, while the nearest wintering areas also lie along the northern coasts of Europe: the Netherlands and the Baltic Sea (Estonia, Finland, Denmark and Sweden). Here in Serbia, in the south of the continent, this species is a proper rarity.

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