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Since most black storks have already started their migration towards south the nest of Tiit and Tiina that we have watched has also been left empty. Two storklets grew up nicely and have obviously found the right flight direction.
 
There were three storklets in the nest but one injured its beak and had to go to the veterinary hospital.

Nesting this year started ten days earlier than the year before; the first adult appeared at the nest on March 28th; the pair was not seen until April 10th, the first egg was in the nest on April 14th and with intervals of two days three more eggs came. The chicks hatched on May 20th, all three on the same day. The fourth egg was not hatched.
 
The storklets left the nest on August 9th; after that only the adults were to be seen a couple of times at the nest, and...
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Web camera image: Bea
Translation: Liis
 
 
Black stork male Tiit visited the nest on Saturday. In the first half of August there is still no urgent migration itch – birds are feeding and gathering strength for the journey. The adults travel towards Africa separately.  
 
Video clip: Manu, LK forum
 
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Web camera images: Lussi and Bea, LK forum
 
 
In the morning the storklets were out together drifting around. Landing on the nest and tree branches worked nicely for both. They have strength enough for flying and practice makes perfect. Good that they went together. The nest was left empty at 12.41
 
 
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Web camera image: Starling, LK forum
Translation: Liis

 
At night the nest stays empty. The children of black storks Tiina and Tiit fly around and do so together. It is easier to cope in nature in company to start with. This has been noted for young birds in previous years too. The forum people call the young storks Kelly and Tommy; we keep our fingers crossed for our friends on entering life.
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Web camera image: Bleggi, LK forum
Translation: Liis
 
The storklets train flying. One was gone for half a day, probably somewhere on a branch in the crown. The other studied carefully how the sibling was doing. The time for learning to fly has arrived  ...
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Video clip: Macko, LK forum
Translation: Liis
 
 
Today, Friday, our black storklets are two months old. They make flying exercises in the nest, but the aerodrome and the runway are small. Within a few more weeks they must find the courage to get into the harsh real world on wing power and learn all other things needed for survival – at least fish species to hunt should be clear.
 
Information from Dr Madis Leivits at the clinic:
 

Storklet Lenny has now been  a bit over 2 weeks in the clinic for treatment and I'm able to give you some...

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Web camera image: Lussi, LK forum
Nest life goes on as usual, somewhat wet from the rainfalls but the siblings do their wing exercises more often by every day.
 
Many people have asked for news about storklet Lenny, but there haven’t been any major events to report.
 
For wildlife, when they have been treated and are recuperating, we minimize contacts with us and other people.  We don’t want them to become habituated or imprinted on us. That might later make our patients dysfunctional in nature, so we don’t spend time watching them or petting etc. For rehabilitation...
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Web camera image: Lucy, LK forum
Translation: Liis

On Monday the family was still together.
 
On Friday Renno Nellis was in Läänemaa to ring, measure and weigh the black storklets. On the beak of one storklet a small injury was visible. At feeding the otherwise friendly storklets are...
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Video: FelisSilvestris
 
A survey of all that has happened can be read on the forum:
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Web camera image and video: Lucy, LK forum
Translation: Liis
 
Male stork Tiit brings this many small fish for one meal and it seems to be the catch of some two-three hours.
 
Time flies in the nest forest, and it flies elsewhere too. The storklets are one and a half month old, nicely chubby, still weighing a little less than two kilos. Next week, if the weather is  only a little better, Urmas and Renno will put the rings on the storklets’ legs, then we will also have exact measures and weights.
 
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