Common cranes. Photo by Kalle Pihelgas

Common crane

The common crane is a very characteristic migratory bird of Matsalu. Eats mainly plants, but also insects, frogs and snakes.

It is noteworthy that the average flight speed of a common crane is 65 km / h.

The night flight of the cranes is one of the main nature experiences, which is why you come to Matsalu in the autumn. The best observation sites are the Rannajõgi meadow and the Haeska and Põgari-Sassi coastal meadows. The cranes that stop in Matsalu spend the night on the coastal areas and in the meadows. They spend the day eating in the surrounding fields.

Photo by Kalle Pihelgas