Latvian Bittern Camera 2015 and 2016

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Re: Latvian Bittern Camera 2015 and 2016

Post by Fleur » May 24th, 2016, 10:10 pm

21:44 visitor in the reeds
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Post by Hagnat » May 24th, 2016, 10:18 pm

Fleur wrote:21:44 visitor in the reeds ...
Probably the Great Reedwarbler you hear. Nice you also have the Cranes.

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Post by Hagnat » May 24th, 2016, 10:37 pm

A male Bittern was booming pretty close. Daddy?
There is also a cow(?) close. Making funny noises and walking in the reed.

22:30> The booming male passed behind the camera. First from the left to the right and then back again.
At least one other male was booming far away. What a sound!
And lots of frogs.

Female in the almost dark
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23:25 Male still close

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Post by Hellem » May 24th, 2016, 11:49 pm

23:43 A male bittern is still booming so close :rolleyes: Last year they boomed only far from the camera. What a voice! And the frogs concert of course 8-) Some frogs are soloists in this frog choir :mrgreen:

00:07 It seems, that the male bittern is standing in the same place all the time.

Fleur :wave: , thank you for the videos :thumbs:


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Post by guest » May 25th, 2016, 6:53 am

5.37 ate all the eggs :cry:
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Post by Fleur » May 25th, 2016, 7:50 am

good morning, but not a good morning

so sad... :cry:
guest, think you for the pictures so we can see who did it :blush: :cry:

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Post by Hagnat » May 25th, 2016, 7:52 am

It looks like a Mink

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Post by Fleur » May 25th, 2016, 8:01 am

Hagnat wrote:It looks like a Mink
yes, maybe this explained the reason that female Bittern a lot of call few day's ago? Maybe....

I heard her call few minutes ago also.

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Post by Hagnat » May 25th, 2016, 8:42 am

For the last egg the Mink came from the lower left corner at 05:37. All the time female Bittern was watching it silently from above and did nothing. She seemed afraid. In the end she flew away but came back soon.

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Just after 04:00 she sits on the nest and is even fishing. There is only one egg remaining (see picture posted by "Guest". After that she walks around the nest fishing.
I am afraid we will not able to see the robbery of the other four eggs. In the dark.

I have searched the videos on sound from midnight on and the only major disturbance I have found started just before 02:00 and lasted for some ten minutes. There was perhaps also a disturbance around 02:50. Both times it was only crackling/breaking reeds, no alarming female.
The male was booming nearby all night.

My guess is that the Mink ate the first four eggs in one go, perhaps in two, and came back for number five at daylight.

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Post by vainamoinen » May 25th, 2016, 8:47 am

Hagnat wrote:It looks like a Mink
American Mink. Main nest destroyer of the nests of the waterbirds here in Latvia. Very serious problem.

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Post by Fleur » May 25th, 2016, 8:58 am

.......and that maybe explained the Male calling so close to the cam last evening / night ?

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Post by Fleur » May 25th, 2016, 9:59 am

9:13
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9:16 Female is still near the nest


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Post by Hagnat » May 25th, 2016, 10:11 am

10:10 She is excitedly calling again but I do not see her, although she is close. She was on the left out of sight

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Post by asteria » May 25th, 2016, 10:17 am

A few eggs left in the nest I think. :puzzled:

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Post by Hagnat » May 25th, 2016, 10:33 am

asteria wrote:A few eggs left in the nest I think. :puzzled:
Only empty shells.

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Post by Marfo » May 25th, 2016, 10:43 am

O, what a shame! After all the efforts of searching for a nest and setting up the camera. I was worried a cow might step on the nest...
I was so looking forward to this Bittern season.
At 10:35 the female was calling but I couldn't see her.

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Post by Hagnat » May 25th, 2016, 11:28 am

Pictures from video 05:37-05:39
I picture 4 he is eating

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Post by Hagnat » May 25th, 2016, 11:55 am

Murkjelis in the latvian forum made a video of the event. Thank you Murkjelis.
No sound.



http://dabasdati.lv/forums/viewtopic.ph ... 6827eb0292#

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Post by Hellem » May 25th, 2016, 1:29 pm

:hi:
So sad :cry: , American minks are serious problem in Estonia too.

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