Badger camera starts

Submitted by Looduskalender on Tue, 01.03.2016 - 01:12
Introduction by Tiit Huntrmk.ee
Transmission courtesy of Teetormaja and EENet
Translation Liis
The doings of badgers could be followed in real time for the first time in Estonia in 2014, from mid-May until September. Last year we could watch the hard-working burrow denizens from the end of April until September. This year we started the badger camera already in February, to get an overview of the doings of the Animal of the Year during almost a whole year.

VIDEO: Seal life

Submitted by Looduskalender on Sun, 28.02.2016 - 12:27
Video recorded by Fleur, LK forum
Translation Liis

 

Grey seal   Hallhüljes       Halichoerus grypus
 
The old seal bulls with their dark fur and the necks decked with skin folds that are covered with fighting scars split up the territories between themselves, in order to be near the females when the suckling ends, since their heat period starts then.

VIDEO: Partridges in thawing snow

Submitted by Looduskalender on Sun, 28.02.2016 - 12:25
Video Ahto Täpsi
Photo Arne Ader
Translation Liis

 

A flock pf grey partridges were busy in Sahargu village in Viru County under the branches of spruces. A passing caterpillar scared the birds into a run, tails white from thawing snow…
 
Partridge; Grey partridge   Nurmkana        Perdix perdix
 
Towards the end of October last year, partridges formed groups that keep together until spring – however the winter will turn out, it is easier to be in a group and there are more watchful eyes to recognize threats.

VIDEO: Snow cooled down grouse display

Submitted by Looduskalender on Sun, 28.02.2016 - 12:23
Video Ahto Täpsi
Photos Arne Ader
Translation Liis
 
Black grouse     Teder        Tetrao tetrix
 
During the first great and lasting thaw in February black grouse mating displays, or leks, certainly could be seen. See earlier article : LINK
 
More snow fell, and the grouse again sit in birches or  alders, feeding on the catkins and buds.

VIDEO: Antler dropping time

Submitted by Looduskalender on Sat, 27.02.2016 - 21:44
Video, photos and text Tiit Hunt, www.rmk.ee
Translation Liis

 

Söödaplatsil käib umbes veerandsada hirvepulli, igal loomal peas kordumatu kujuga sarved. Vähestest viisidest, kuidas hirvekarja liikmetel üldse vahet teha, ongi nende sarved. Üks pull on pool sarve ära murdnud, teisel üks sarvepulk kolm korda lühem kui teine, kolmandal paistavad veel väheldased sarved aga ideaalilähedaselt sümmeetrilised…

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