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VIDEOS: About the winter life of elks

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Thu, 23.02.2017 - 23:50

Videos recorded by Ahto Täpsi and Kalle Pihelgas
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A group trotting away after noticing humans. In the video we see that the younger elk bull still has its antlers, usually male elks are ”bareheaded” by February.

 

Elk, European elk; Moose (US)     Euroopa põder or põder       Alces alces

 

What animals did our forebears hunt? Bone findings from nine thousand years ago confirm that both elk and beaver meat was used for food.

The elk, with a large head, hooked nose and a beard tuft can be held to be among the most majestic of the mammals in our wildlife.

The tale of the Tülivere oak

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Wed, 22.02.2017 - 11:59

Text and photos Tiit Huntwww.rmk.ee
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It is worthwhile to take the trouble to look up the ancient tree with the droll name, since where else but here would a tree have its own guest book!

The stout  Tülivere oak hides near Kuusalu on the bank of a stream in the small Allika village. At a first glance the old tree, sheltered between pretty cattle paths and stone fences at the bubbling water, is difficult to see but a map application brings a hiker with dendrological interests unfailingly to the site; the path to the tree is not signposted.

The Tülivere oak is an ancient grove tree that was still in active use in the 20th century but no longer today – the wind tugs at a couple of lonely faded ribbons in the tree crown that someone’s hands tied there long ago.  

Raccoon dogs mating

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Wed, 22.02.2017 - 11:49

Photo Arne Ader
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Kährik

Raccoon dog

 

Raccoon dog    Kährikkoer or kährik      Nyctereutes procyonoides

 

Surely you remember the wild boar camera, although now already absent for a year, where raccoon dogs too came to eat; one year they even had transmitter collars  (zoologists studied how the season influenced their movements and use of the territory).

Foxes courting

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Mon, 20.02.2017 - 00:54

Photo Arne Ader

Video Ahto Täpsi

Translation Liis

Rebased kurameerivad

Foxes courting

 

Red fox; European fox   Punarebane or rebane        Vulpes vulpes

 

Since the end of last summer when the young foxes left the care of the adults they have lived solitarily. They have marked their territories that may be about ten square kilometres in size.

Bird accident in Võrumaa

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Mon, 20.02.2017 - 00:45

Text: newspaper Võrumaa Teataja

A rather rare incident when a bird flock gets involved in a car accident, newspaper Võrumaa Teataja writes: LINK

Comment: Arne Ader

Siskins are seed-eaters. Mostly they are busy in the crowns of trees but when the seeds drop they can also forage on the ground. Seeds that have been frozen into the snow from the road can sometimes be released all at once – when the cold decreases and the road thaws.

Similar behaviour can also be seen towards spring on the ice of lakes and rivers but there it is not dangerous for the siskins: LINK