Introduction Renno Nellis
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The tawny owl was elected by the Estonian Ornithological Society as Bird of the Year in 2009. From that time we have followed the nesting of a tawny owl pair in Lääne County – Klaus and Klaara. We are not convinced however that we still have to do with the same Klaus and Klaara, because by exterior characteristics it is not possible to distinguish between birds from different years. The average lifetime of a tawny owl is 5 years but the oldest tawny owl living in nature reached an age of 18 years.
In previous years the webcam tawny owls have started their breeding – laid the first egg – on March 1 at the earliest (2009) and on April 6 at the latest (2010). In the previous years the female has spent the nights in the nest for about a week before the egg-laying. We hope that our tawny owls will nest here this year too!
Klaara and Klaus nest in a tree trunk which was crafted from the tree with a natural hollow where they nested before the storm broke it.
The camera stream goes from Lääne County to Tartu and the EENet server by way of the Tele2 connection. More information about what is going on can be found in the News and Forum of Looduskalender where viewers from all over the world post their observations from watching the camera.
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