Friday, May 16, 2008

Soomaa at 5am

We visited the Soomaa National Park (Estonia) on a pre-breakfast jaunt this morning. We set off at 5am and some (particularly Polly, the only lady with us) were a bit "sleepy". The bird song was lively at that time, a few woodpeckers drummed and Common Cranes trumpeted in the misty fields. As we drove a gravel track I spotted a Lesser Spotted Eagle perched in a roadside tree. It was sleepy, too, and so we got very good views. Just before we headed back for a late breakfast, at 8am, a Black Woodpecker flew in front of our bus. Toivo, our excellent Estonian driver must of thought us bonkers as we piled off the bus like ferrets down a drain-pipe to search for it.

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