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VIDEO: Quarrelsomeness blossoms

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 27.01.2017 - 18:36

Video recorded by Urmas Lett, www.eenet.ee

 

 

Red deer      Punahirv       Cervus elaphus

 

It has just turned dark, the stags only now gather on the feeding ground. Today there is belligerence in the air, all try to assert their importance in one way or another.

Normally the older creatures with solid antler growth do not have particularly much to do with the younger ones – they do what they want and no one protests in general.

All know the roe deer

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 27.01.2017 - 18:27
Sisu
metskits
The ancient Estonians called the roe deer “kaber”, today this name has been forgotten and instead “kits”, goat, has been borrowed from German. But the roe deer, the metskits, "forest goat", is no goat but instead a small deer. The goat belongs to the Bovidae family being a relative of sheep and bovines, the roe deer is a deer like the red deer and the elk.
Photo: Tarmo Mikussaar
Posted by the Animal of the Year team 02.01.2017

Crane Ahja 5 in Ethiopia!

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 27.01.2017 - 18:00

Text Aivar Leito

Crane Ahja 5 equipped with leg ring as well as GSM/GPRS leg ring

 

Hello, all crane friends!

It is a pleasure to tell you that the young crane „Ahja 5“ winters happily in Ethiopia near the little town of Sululta, 15 km north of Addis Abeba.

The bird was caught on July 6th near the village of Ahja, Estonia, and was marked with coloured leg rings and a 40g GSM/GPRS solar battery powered satellite transmitter from Latvian company „Ornitela“, also attached to a leg.

READER’S LETTER: About mange in Estonian forests

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 27.01.2017 - 17:49

Estonia’s wildlife is in trouble but helping hands have become few and each new amendment in legal acts concerning the environment instead weakens the support of humans to nature.
Through ages nature has managed to co-exist with humans – a mutually helpful system has evolved.
We keep the abundance of species in balance, in exchange for enjoying the beauty and gifts of nature. But in the 21st century we have begun to segregate the riches of nature. We need the large wild game in the forest but the small game animals and tiny forest inhabitants, beginning with flying squirrels and ending with rare bird species such as for instance the capercaillie, must cope on their own.

Picture story: Grain ball vandals

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 13.01.2017 - 12:38

Images from webcam  IceAge and Shanta, LK forum

Great spotted woodpecker male

That smaller passerines like the grain balls viewers of the bird feeder camera have surely noticed, but bigger ones are also busy at them for getting food to store.

 Pildil olev isaslind lõhub võrgu täies teadmises, et suuremaid suutäisi saada ning tüütu nokitsemine lõpetada…

The male in the image tears up the net quite deliberately in order to get larger bites and avoid the boring pecking…

The crow family birds are smart and the magpie in the image takes at least three grain balls at a time to his hiding place.