The fourth day in Estonia we spend with Estonian photographer Remo Savisaar. It is a beautiful morning as we set off at 7am with mist over the fields and a pink blue sky as the sun is just rising. -15 degrees. Remo has had news there is an albino roe deer around so our first search is for that. With no luck we continue to look for possible photos and wildlife. After a few stops for some landscape shots of misty fields we get the rubber boots on and start walking along a partly frozen river.
There are beautiful formations in the ice and we see lynx tracks next to it. We also spot a squirrel munching high up a spruce and a dipper, which unfortunately leaves quickly. By this time it is a beautifully sunny day and hot as we are walking, sometimes climbing and with all the layers and packing on. A few hours later we find ourselves back at the car and make a detour looking for beavers before heading into Tartu city for lunch. The Estonians do know their pizzas, this one is just as nice as the one in the airport I had on the first day. We spend the afternoon driving through forest roads looking for owls, moose and any other forest inhabitants. A little walk over a frozen snow covered bog and then to a river where beavers are to be found.
We can hear one munching away on a tree and see the dams and tree stomps it has left so we decide to wait it out and sit down on the river bank, which is soon drenched with the warm light from the setting sun. Just as we are leaving I see the tip of a beaver head and a tree branch disappearing into its nest. On the way driving back on the forest road we finally spot a ural owl perched on top of a tree. It was getting dark now but enough light still to see it as a silhouette against the sky and with the new moon next to it. It was a nice ending to our day out.
My last day in Estonia, I wake up to a beautiful pink blue sky over the lake outside my window as the sun is rising. I will spend the last few hours before leaving for the airport in Tallinn in the wild boar hide. The wild boars are not likely to be there any longer, they mostly appear in the evening but roe deers are likely to visit. Jan takes me there on the snowmobile and I have just about set up my camera when the first one shows.
I have seen many roe deers in Sweden before but always from a distance, in a field or just seeing a white rump patch disappearing into the forest. To see them this close up, they look like some creatures out of a fairy tale. After a while the sun finds its way in through the thin birch trees and make the scene even more magical.
I say farewell to the roe deers, birds and all the other animals hiding in the forest. It is time for me to leave Estonia. Many thanks to Estonian Nature Tours and everyone involved in this trip. It was a wonderful week and I hope to return soon.
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