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VIDEO: Fur coats frosted by cold

Submitted by Looduskalender on Tue, 02.02.2016 - 23:42
Video record Urmas Lett, www.eenet.ee
Translation Liis
On the seal beach on Thursday we saw at least a hundred individuals with frosty coats, peacefully basking. At the water’s edge it is of course less cold, about -12 degrees. On the western shore of Saaremaa, towards the Baltic, the water temperature approaches zero. Interesting whether the seals will remain on the ice during this year’s birthing period?

Preliminary results of Winter Garden Bird Count

Submitted by Looduskalender on Tue, 02.02.2016 - 01:43
Info from Estonian Ornithological Society
Photo Arne Ader
Translation Liis
Greenfinch and great tit
 
During the Winter Garden Bird Count that took place on the previous weekend for the 7th time more than 40 000 birds from at least 60 species were noted according to preliminary results. By Monday morning 2000 bird enthusiasts had forwarded their observations, and they had made the observations in 1400 places all over Estonia.

VIDEO: Annual cycle of the animal of the year

Submitted by Looduskalender on Mon, 18.01.2016 - 23:02
Text and video Tiit Hunt, www.rmk.ee
Photo Jüri Pere
Translation Liis
Badger in Saaremaa.
 
Badger; Eurasian badger    Mäger       Meles meles
 
The tradition of electing an animal of the year has not existed for long. The first attempt to have an animal of the year goes back 9 years, when in 2007 the badger was to have the title.

Deer camera

Submitted by Looduskalender on Sat, 16.01.2016 - 21:38

Text Tiit Hunt, www.rmk.ee

Transmission courtesy of  Teetormaja and EENet

The web camera monitoring the doings of red deer is back again, in the same place where it ended in spring. The bellows and growls that reach the microphone tell us that the rut period of red deer has started with a swing. We will see if our old friends will use the same trails as before. Perhaps Huubert, the most powerful buck with the mightiest antlers will be there too, and the mysterious ”hairy deer” who showed up a couple of times last season. Looduskalender’s forum will surely not miss any interesting happenings.

Grey seal monitoring webcam

Submitted by Looduskalender on Sat, 09.01.2016 - 02:04

Transmission courtesy of  Teetormaja and EENet

Translation: Liis

Once again we forward images from the Vilsandi National Park grey seal monitoring camera. After a third restoration attempt the system that had been damaged by storms has been almost wholly renewed. Not having a seal camera running in the Seal Year would be embarrassing … It is the birthing period for the grey seals. The pups are in their white ”baby furs”, the females in flecked coats, and somewhat smaller than the dark males.