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I am a student at the University of Riga. I study in the capital city, but my free
time I spend in nature in my area. Ornithology is my hobby and my future profession. I know the area of Western Latvia - areas around city of Liepaja, Kuldiga, Skrunda and Aizpute quite good. Very interesting places for birdwatching are the Western Latvia coast line, where thousands of ducks, gulls, loons and others birds are migrating to the North in April and Maye.
Saldus, Western Latvia
If you contact a professional Birdingpal guide you must be prepared to pay a fee for guiding services.
I am professional biologist & experienced tour leader, interested in nature since early childhood. At the moment I am living in the middle of forest at NE part of Latvia., having Three-toed Woodpecker, Pigmy Owl and Hazel Grouse as my -yard birds-.
Together with my wife (nature conservationist as well) we are running small organic farm, providing our guests with healthy & tasty local food.
Several hides for nature photography are available, giving chance to take pictures of lekking Black Grouse, Great Snipe, Lesser Spotted Eagle etc. Nearby Lubans wetland complex are regular breeding area for such species as Citrine Wagtail, White-winged & Whiskered Tern, Marsh Sandpiper.
Latvia is rich with wildlife in general. Just around my house I have noticed 59 day-fliying butterfly species.
I am working mainly with individuals or small groups, providing accomodation and logistics.
Lubans wetland complex, Kolka Cape & Slitere national park, Kemeri national park
Ural Owl. Pigmy Owl, White-backed & Three-toed Woodpecker, Great Snipe
My first educational background is biology, but last 25 years I am invoved in tourism industry.
The nature tours are like dessert on my everyday meal. The nature is changing and every time it is bringing surprises.
Ornitofauna of Latvia depends of the season but in general are rich -
Kemeri national park, other spots near Riga. Meadows, forest, wooden park, lake area, seacoast.
Hazel Grouse, Common Quail, Grey Partridge, Black Grouse, Western Capercaillie, Northern Shoveler, Common Teal, Mallard, Garganey, Gadwall, Greylag Goose, Lesser Scaup, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Common Goldeneye, Long-tailed Duck, Whooper Swan, Mute Swan, Black Scoter Smew Steller's Eider Common Shelduck, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Eurasian Wryneck, Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker, Grey-faced Woodpecker, Eurasian Green Woodpecker, Eurasian Hoopoe, European Roller, Common Kingfisher, Common Cuckoo, Common Swift, Boreal Owl, Long-eared Owl, Little Owl, Eurasian Pygmy-Owl, Tawny Owl, Eurasian Nightjar, Stock Pigeon, Common Wood-Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, European Turtle-Dove, Common Crane, Corn Crake, Common Coot, Common Moorhen, Little Crake, Spotted Crake, Water Rail, Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, Common Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Eurasian Curlew, Ruff, Eurasian Woodcock, Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Common Redshank, Little Ringed Plover, Common Ringed Plover, Eurasian Oystercatcher, European Golden-Plover, Northern Lapwing, Black Tern, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Little Gull, Black-headed Gull, Little Tern, Common Tern, Northern Goshawk , ,Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Lesser Spotted Eagle,v Common Buzzard, Rough-legged Hawk, Western , Marsh-Harrier, Montagu's Harrier ,White-tailed Eagle, Black Kite, Osprey, European Honey-buzzard, Peregrine Falcon, Eurasian Hobby, Common Kestrel, Horned Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Little Grebe, Great Cormorant, Grey Heron, Great Bittern, Little Bittern, Black Stork, Red-backed Shrike, Northern Shrike, Common Raven, Rook, Eurasian Jackdaw, Eurasian Jay, Spotted Nutcracker, Eurasian Golden-Oriole, Black-billed Magpie, Bohemian Waxwing, White-throated Dipper, European Robin, European Pied Flycatcher, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Thrush Nightingale, Spotted Flycatcher, Northern Wheatear, Black Redstart, Common Redstart, Whinchat, Redwing, Eurasian Blackbird, Song Thrush, Fieldfare, Wood Nuthatch, Common Starling, Mistle Thrush, Short-toed Tree-Creeper, Eurasian Tree-Creeper, Winter Wren, European Blue Tit, Crested Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Willow Tit, Marsh Tit, Eurasian Penduline-Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Northern House-Martin, Barn Swallow, Sand Martin, Goldcrest, Great Reed-Warbler, Aquatic Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Eurasian Reed-Warbler, Icterine Warbler, Eurasian River Warbler, Savi's Warbler, Common Grasshopper-Warbler, Eurasian Chiffchaff, Wood Warbler, Greenish Warbler, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Greater Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Barred Warbler, Sky Lark, Crested Lark, Wood Lark, Tawny Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit, White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, House Sparrow, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Hedge Accentor, Hawfinch, Chaffinch