VIDEO: First stork chick hatched

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sun, 20.05.2018 - 09:33

Video recorded by  Liz, LK forum
Translation Liis

 

Estonian text posted 18.05.2018

 

Male Karl in the nest

 

Black stork      Must-toonekurg       Ciconia nigra

 

Female Kati laid the eggs in the nest on April 16, 18, 20 and 22.

Helped by the hot weather in the last weeks incubation took a little more than a month. During the long incubation period of the black storks male Karl has supported Kati.

The friendly behaviour of the stork family has been a pleasure to watch for viewers.

...but it will soon get even more interesting.

Starling chicks one week old

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 18.05.2018 - 11:15

Screenshot  Seira, LK forum
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Estonian text posted 16.05.2018

 

Starling        Kuldnokk        Sturnus vulgaris

 

As of today the starling chicks that hatched two days later also became one week old.

The development of the six chicks in a week looks remarkable but the pressure on the diligent  adults grows – ever more food is needed.

When can we then expect the fledging of the chicks? Realistically at one week old but with luck it might be a few days earlier …

Let us keep an eye on events.

Eaglet three weeks old

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Wed, 16.05.2018 - 10:15

Webshot Pähkinahiiri, LK forum
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Estonian text posted 15.05.2018

Perekonna pilt, vaata võrdluseks nädala tagust pilti teksti all

Family photo, for comparison see the image from a week ago below the text

 

White-tailed eagle       Merikotkas           Haliaeëtus albicilla  

 

We see the development of the eaglet in growth, plumage and behaviour.

The hot weather, in daytime more than 25 degrees, wearies everybody including large birds. The adults sit as sunshades in front of the chick – the little organism is not protected against a heatstroke.

In the second half of the week rain is promised, possibly together with thunder. The eagle nest needs ”watering” too.

Greatest number of species was seen in Ilmatsalu on the bird tower birdwatching day

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Wed, 16.05.2018 - 10:09

Info from EOÜ 
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Estonian text posted 14.05.2018

Photo Arne Ader

Naaskelnokk

Avocet

 

On Saturday May 12th the bird tower birdwatching arranged by the Estonian Ornithological Society took place. From the event results were received from 13 observation towers where 148 species altogether were seen. The towers were visited by more than 70 visitors.

The bird tower watching day this time was sunny and warm everywhere. It was pleasant for the watchers and visitors to the towers, but in several places a smaller singing activity of birds was noted because of the warm weather. In many watching sites migration of Branta nad Anser geese was noted. They are currently continuing their migration to their Arctic nesting areas in north-western Russia and Scandinavia.