Bird of the Year 2018: Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)

2016: Great Tit (Parus major)
2018: Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)
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Re: Bird of the Year 2018: Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)

Post by Triin » March 27th, 2018, 11:28 am

Hagnat wrote:Yes, for the Estonians it is easy, but for me it is an hour earlier and for you two hours.
You'll have to rise with the sun. Every day a couple of minutes earlier :D

In the evening, lekking begins with the arrival of the male in the playground about an hour before the sun sets and lasts until full darkness. In the evening, capercaillie mostly plays on the trees and at the end of the game, males usually stay on the same trees on which they played.

In the morning, lekking begins 2-3 hours before the sun rises. At the beginning of the game, the capercaillie mostly plays on trees, usually leaving the tree when a hen arrives to the game. If one of the males has gone to the ground, then others will soon follow him. When playing on the ground, the capercaillie moves in a distinctive pose - with an extended neck and a tail spreaded - moving back and forth and occasionally making high jumps. The morning game lasts until late in the morning, and then males leave the lekking ground to rest and eat.

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Post by Triin » March 27th, 2018, 11:30 am

Hagnat wrote: I do hope that we will hear the weird sounds of the magnificent Capercaillie real good.
Omar did good job with this microphone. The lekking sounds and even "eating sound" could be heard.

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Post by Fleur » March 27th, 2018, 11:35 am

Thank you Triin for the info :thumbs:

...and I'm forgot to say...thanks for the nice zooming this morning :thumbs:

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Post by Hagnat » March 27th, 2018, 11:52 am

I wonder what this circle is.
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Post by Triin » March 27th, 2018, 11:55 am

Fleur wrote: ...and I'm forgot to say...thanks for the nice zooming this morning :thumbs:
Omar was the operator today.

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Post by Triin » March 27th, 2018, 11:56 am

Hagnat wrote:I wonder what this circle is.
Animal (or human) walking path. I think

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Post by Hagnat » March 27th, 2018, 11:57 am

Hagnat wrote:I do hope that we will hear the weird sounds of the magnificent Capercaillie real good.
Triin wrote:Omar did good job with this microphone. The lekking sounds and even "eating sound" could be heard.
I was surprised that the sound of 'grazing' was so loud compared to the sounds of the bird.

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Post by Marfo » March 27th, 2018, 12:12 pm

12:08 I can hear them (one) 'clicking' in the distance. Can't see anything.
Hopefully there will be 'early risers' who make a video of the lekking at dawn sometime soon.
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Post by Hagnat » March 27th, 2018, 12:43 pm

Hagnat wrote:Yes, for the Estonians it is easy, but for me it is an hour earlier and for you two hours.
Triin wrote:
You'll have to rise with the sun. Every day a couple of minutes earlier :D ...
As a life long mapper of breeding birds being in the field way before sunrise was normal and I still like it. A webcam is nice but nothing compared to the real thing.
For us West-Europeans the Baltic webcams have the confusing effect of getting up very early and still being too late.

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Post by brusnika » March 27th, 2018, 2:08 pm

I first saw the video of the wood grouse - previously the camera failed to catch. This is unspeakable * unspeakable * magical! Thank you very much!

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Post by Fisher » March 27th, 2018, 2:42 pm

This Capercaillie camera is a ’special edition’. Request from EOÜ (BirdLife Estonia), compiled by Omar and Urmas. The audio part is also special, customized for this camera. Compared to other cameras, it is much more sensitive to catch Capercaillies sounds and voices. What regards to the other bird species, then in the late evening and early morning you can also enjoy sounds of Ural Owl.

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Post by Hagnat » March 27th, 2018, 3:54 pm

Fisher wrote:... The audio part is also special, customized for this camera. Compared to other cameras, it is much more sensitive to catch Capercaillies sounds and voices. ... .
All I can see is that the frequency is cut off at around 8 kHz. That is not more sensitive for Capercaillie, but only excluding the highest frequencies. But it is better than on some other cams.
Perhaps the quality of the microphone is better?

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Post by Fleur » March 27th, 2018, 5:33 pm

Thank you Triine / Omar :thumbs:

Fisher wrote:What regards to the other bird species, then in the late evening and early morning you can also enjoy sounds of Ural Owl.
I hope so :whistling:

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Post by Biker » March 27th, 2018, 5:41 pm

sound of Ural Owl 24.3. around 5:18
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Post by Fleur » March 27th, 2018, 5:48 pm

Beautiful Biker, thank you.
But that"s a little bit early for me :mrgreen:

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Post by Biker » March 27th, 2018, 6:01 pm

... winter time at 3:00. :whistling:
I almost forgot the file.

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Post by Urmas » March 27th, 2018, 11:07 pm

Like Hagnat wrote, real observation of birds, including Capercaillie (or even specially Capercaillie) would be something else as using of web camera. But other hands, during Capercaillie lekking males count it is difficult to perform it not disturbing the birds there. Even if they do not fly away, they still see you or feel you, and accordingly behave not exact like without of human there nearby. Also counts happen usually once per season and that day may be not general for that lek. So even for very experienced Capercaillie specialists the current camera may be valuable additional source of information to understand their direct observations. Also, it will be never possible to go to Capercaillie lek hundreds or even thousands interested guys all together. Having such possibility we can agree with some limitations here...
Seems that individuals are not paying attention to the camera there hanging on one of the trees. Actually there was nearby also some big plastic bottle with orange cap, probably left by berry picking visitors in summer time. We did not take it away (as usually had to do), but as the camera may look similar for birds, it is like another bottle left.
It seems to be really first such webcam, so we learn together with you and in case of need may do some changes in position for example. Probably we will remove some camouflaging branches left and right side to wider the visible area. It is possible to visit place in around mid day, then the lekking cocks are away and no disturbance occurs.
Hope you will enjoy these birds here! The birds of the Year 2018 in Estonia.

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Post by Fleur » March 27th, 2018, 11:30 pm

Thank you Urmas for the info.
Thank you for the opportunity to watch this webcam.
Spoken for myself I find it interesting to see these birds.

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Post by Fleur » March 28th, 2018, 8:38 am

March 28
Good morning :hi:

8:31 sound Capercaillie, but where are you :laugh:


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Post by Hagnat » March 28th, 2018, 9:18 am

I was pretty early but I have only seen a moving camera.

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