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Visiting the children’s trail camera

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sat, 18.03.2017 - 12:42
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The fourth grade of the Ridala Elementary School invited the editors of the home page of the the animal of the year to visit them to see their trail camera. The camera is hidden at in the Vätse village five kilometres away from the school, at the house of fourth-grade pupil Erik.  When we got out of the car we headed for a little clearing in the forest behind the house where there was some grain spread on the ground and a salt lick block on top of a pole. We added vegetables bought at the Haapsalu market: carrots and cabbage leaves – roe deer like them. At the moment of course there were no animals there – our trampling around scared them. But in the trail camera the daytime visits of of the animals are nicely captured. 

Who else comes to the salt lick? We take along one camera from the tree – and hurried to the warm room to drink raspberry leaf tea and watch the images!

 

About red deer stags and their antlers

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sat, 18.03.2017 - 12:28

Screencap  Hellem, LK forum
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Esiplaanil näeme vana isaslooma juba ilma sarvedeta

In the foreground we see an adult male already without antlers

 

Red Deer    Punahirv      Cervus elaphus

 

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Years are not twins – the year before last, the stags started shedding their antlers at the end of February (this is also confirmed by published data) and to Women’s Day most of them were already bald. This year the majority still wear a proud crown…

Roe deer in the forest

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sat, 18.03.2017 - 12:23
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A view of roe deer from above too. In Tarmo Mikussaare’s drone photo we see a roe deer flock in a sparse forest. Just like this they spend their time together in winter and don’t move around very much. Particularly when there is plenty of food nearby. In that case the roe deer don’t move at all! 

Winter bird feeder webcam transmission ends

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Tue, 14.03.2017 - 20:06

Screencap from webcam IceAge, LK forum
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Bullfinches visited the birdfeeder until the end of the season.

This winter turned out as it did but our feathered friends got different bird foods by  BALSNACK. Arne Ader cared nicely for the birds outside the window of the Loodusemees home office and ends the feeding only when the capricious spring weather is over.

The image from the camera was quite decent, there was no shortage of bird species – we can see that from the LK forum entries: thank you to the devoted watchers in the forum: LINK