Latvian Bittern Camera 2015 and 2016

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Re: Latvian Bittern Camera 2015 and 2016

Post by Hagnat » May 24th, 2017, 1:35 pm

Marfo wrote:[...One of them sounds like someone is blowing in a bottle but the tone is going up and is wavering. Does this description make sense?
Not really, but perhaps you mean a booming male Bittern. A four or five times repeated very low sound, usually starting with a slightly higher 'inhale'
Other birds often audible are Sedge warbler (one of the most prominent), Reed warbler and Water rail. And many more.
The sound of the cam is not very good, so the sounds if the birds are often somewhat distorted.

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Post by Hagnat » May 24th, 2017, 2:18 pm

~ 13:52 There was a (or two?) Bearded reedling (Panurus biarmicus) close in sight, low in the reeds, but not good enough for a picture.

14:04 Something scary (a crow?) overhead. Mother screamed.
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Post by Marfo » May 24th, 2017, 2:33 pm

Thanks Hagnat.
It is not the Bittern male, I know the sound, but it must be a large bird, not one of the warblers, the sound is low. It is an unusual sound. I checked the water rail on Xeno Canto. This bird also makes the strangest sounds but it's not what I heard.
I'll write down the time when I hear it again.

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Post by asteria » May 25th, 2017, 8:24 am

8.23 Mom came to feed the kids. At 8.26 Mom and one chick left, then Mom returned and at 8.30 the last chick went away and now Mom is alone in the nest, moving some sticks. The chicks are near the nest on the left side.
8.34 One is back
8.46 Both chicks are in the nest

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Post by asteria » May 25th, 2017, 7:04 pm

18.59 Alarm. Mom and two chicks cried, mom flew in the sky attacking somebody, there was terrible cry and now the chicks are alone in the nest.

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Post by Hellem » May 25th, 2017, 7:21 pm

19:14 Mom is back
19:16 She walked away

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Post by asteria » May 25th, 2017, 7:23 pm

Now the chicks are alone. I missed the moment of Mom's return.

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Post by Hagnat » May 26th, 2017, 10:48 am

May 26

Possible threat overhead
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Post by Hagnat » May 27th, 2017, 12:03 pm

May 27

12:00 The nest empty and nobody in sight, but calls of mother and children not far away.

The chicks suddenly left the nest together to the left at 11:07, mother followed at 11:24.

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The chicks are 23 and 22 days old. In 2015 they left the nest at the age of 30 and 29 days.

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Post by asteria » May 27th, 2017, 1:11 pm

It means they may return later. A few days ago the chicks also left the nest but for a short time.

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Post by Hagnat » May 27th, 2017, 2:42 pm

Don't hold your breath, Astera. It is safer outside the nest.
At the moment the are not so close to the nest anymore, but still audible, especially mother.

It was strange. They were under mother, stood up and left.

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Post by Hagnat » May 27th, 2017, 5:48 pm

17:42 Mother screamed pretty far away. No chicks heard for a long time but perhaps that is caused by the noise of the wind.

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Post by asteria » May 27th, 2017, 7:39 pm

Maybe it was somehow connected with the attack two days ago, when Mom flew in the sky and one of the chicks roared like a bear.

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Post by Hagnat » May 27th, 2017, 8:34 pm

20:30 Mother calling nearby.

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Post by Hagnat » May 27th, 2017, 10:24 pm

22:20 The family is nearby but not in sight.

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Post by Hagnat » May 27th, 2017, 11:13 pm

I think we have reached the end of the viewing season.

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Post by Hagnat » May 28th, 2017, 4:45 am

May 28

I think the transmission stopped this morning at 02:40

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Post by asteria » May 28th, 2017, 9:47 am

Maybe they have one more nest and moved there.

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Post by Hagnat » May 29th, 2017, 11:26 am

During this short season on this cam identified birds. Seen and/or heard.

1. Barn swallow
2. Bearded reedling
3. Black-headed gull
4. Black tern
5. Common blackbird
6. Common crane
7. Common cuckoo
8. Common redshank
9. Common rosefinch
10. Common snipe
11. Eurasian bittern
12. Eurasian reed warbler
13. European raven
14. Great crested grebe
15. Great reed warbler
16. Green sandpiper
17. Grey heron
18. Hooded crow
19. Linnet
20. Mallard
21. Mute swan
22. Parakeet spec.*
23. Reed bunting
24. Savi's warbler
25. Sedge warbler
26. Song thrush
27. Spotted crake
28. Thrush nightingale
29. Tufted duck
30. Water rail
31. Willow warbler
32. Wood pigeon

*The parakeet was heard twice and I was unable to identify it more precise.

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Post by vainamoinen » May 29th, 2017, 11:55 am

Parakeet seems unbelievable for me. We haven't any parakeet observations in Latvia so far. Of course it could be bird that has escaped from cage but it's also sound too fantastic for me.

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