The Eurasian lynx, one of the most difficult to observe European mammals, is the protagonist of this adventurous nature tour. During a sophisticated search, we hope to meet this special cat. And as we track down this rare mammal, other animals may pass by. The conditions just before the onset of spring are particularly favorable: hungry predators actively search for food. There are hardly any people in the area and last but not least: there is no hunting. But by us, armed with optical material!
We stay in an idyllic location, home to the iconic Eurasian lynx . During our scouting trip Mark had eight sightings of four-five different lynxes in ten days. World class we now want to share with you!
Early spring is a good time for birds. Be ready for woodpeckers, hazel grouse, white-tailed sea-eagles, pygmy-, rough-legged- and Ural owls. We also make time to observe the active beavers at their burrows and there is a chance that we will see otters. Binoculars and cameras ready?
Mark Kaptein accompanies this adventurous mammal journey, a seasoned ornithologist who also has a passion for mammals. He is extremely well informed about the animal species that can be expected and ensures a maximum nature experience!
The tour group is reinforced by a local researcher who knows the region like the back of his hand. A true connoisseur, who, together with the STARLING guide, knows how to thoroughly tackle the search for this imaginative cat.
It will be a journey with a high rock & roll content: slogging through the snow, looking for tracks of the lynx, nocturnal excursions to spotlight, long walks, … Perfectly tailored for real adventurers!
The guide was absolutely top notch! Mark is a crack in his profession: he has a lot of knowledge of predators and can therefore assess situations very well, perseverance, contagious enthusiasm and does not just go for ‘seeing’ wildlife, but for the experience. That’s how we like it! Also for atmosphere and cosiness and attention for the group a big “10”.
Arrival in Tallinn. From here a transfer is provided and you drive with our local driver to the ‘middle of nowhere’.
We focus on the lynx, but also make targeted excursions to spot other target species. Elk, wild boar, red deer, otters, beavers, foxes,… are all possible here.
After an adventurous week you will be transferred back to the airport for your return flight.
You will stay in standard Estonian accommodation. The rooms are immaculate.
Our group with guide travels in a 9-seater van. Every day we head to one of the lynx’s pre-charted territories. We also cover a lot on foot.
Food is standard but good.
Flights are not included in the price. With guaranteed departures, we look for flights that are suitable. You can choose to book the flights through us or book them yourself. Count on 300 – 500 euros per person round trip.
January-March is the full breeding season of the lynx. As a result, the cats are extra active (calling and marking territory). In addition, we can expect fresh snow during this period, which makes it easier to follow their trail.
It’s still winter, so be prepared for very cold freezing temperatures. With a bit of luck, the sun will occasionally come through, so that temperatures sometimes rise above freezing.
Warm clothing with several layers for winter conditions is recommended. Sturdy waterproof footwear is a must.
While exploring the area, we walk through forests full of obstacles: uprooted and fallen trees, canals and swamps, whether frozen or not, … A good physical condition is certainly required to make this trip.
Both during the morning and the afternoon we cover distances of three to seven kilometers.
We also apply the ‘sit-and-wait’ method from a high seat. Sitting still for a long time requires patience and discipline.