Heron Webcam Forum 2019

PTZ Webcam on one of Estonia's big, noisy heronries.
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Heron Webcam Forum 2019

Post by Jo UK » April 1st, 2019, 1:46 pm

Since 2017 we have a webcam looking over a Grey Heron colony.

This camera is the old PTZ camera from Eagle Feeding ground days. As some years have gone by since then, the quality of the image may have deteriorated with age. But it is fine for a first attempt to show PTZ transmission from a remote place. Actually, this heron colony is not in such a remote place, because there is a small road through it, used by few people every day. And as it is possible to see in the camera view, there are human houses quite close by.

Heron colony with camera is one of the biggest in Estonia with some 300 pairs of Grey Heron and at least a few tens of pairs of White Egret. With the help of camera we can see only a part of breeding colony. Grey Herons breed in the same place (formerly in a forest where clear cut visible now) for at least twenty years. During that time trees have had too much fertiliser from the birds and may dry out in time. Actually, it is common case for big heron colonies.

Camera is situated in a forest owned by Ants Laikmaa Museum (of one of the most colourful personalities of Estonian art, having gained prominence both as a portrait painter and a landscape artist). They agreed to the use of the camera on their land and probably will use link also in they web site. Part of the colony is situated in the neighbours forest. That neighbour has kindly agreed to give us energy for the camera.

The camera is operated by voluntary operators, as it allows to pan, tilt and zoom. All our seven nest cameras are 2017 and 2018 partly supported by Estonian Environmental Center and managed by Estonian Ornithological Society. Eagle Club is involved as well voluntarily.



In order to protect the privacy of local residents, please DO NOT POST PICTURES WHICH SHOW A RED HOUSE in the background.
It is better to avoid complaints about our cameras.

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Post by Mutikluti » April 1st, 2019, 11:19 pm

March 14 2019

Herons are back at home! :loveshower: :loveshower: :loveshower: In the front of our camera are disappeared some of the nest trees... :cry: ... All herons moved at the right side of our camera.
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Post by Mutikluti » April 1st, 2019, 11:21 pm

March 15

Good morning! :wave:

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Post by Mutikluti » April 1st, 2019, 11:23 pm

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Post by Mutikluti » April 6th, 2019, 1:39 pm

April 6

Good afternoon!

Today visited our camera Urmas and cleaned it! Many thanks to him. Omar did our voice better... Many thanks to him also! :loveshower: :loveshower:

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Post by Mutikluti » April 6th, 2019, 3:24 pm

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Post by Mutikluti » April 7th, 2019, 1:18 pm

April 7

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Last year, this "two room apartment" was for one heron family... This year another family wants to occupy "one room" from this family.... :puzzled:
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Post by Mutikluti » April 7th, 2019, 3:01 pm

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Post by Summi » April 7th, 2019, 4:22 pm

Were there five eggs in the nest under the camera yesterday or is it a different nest with four eggs? :puzzled:

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Post by Mutikluti » April 7th, 2019, 5:18 pm

Summi wrote:
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Were there five eggs in the nest under the camera yesterday or is it a different nest with four eggs? :puzzled:
This nest with 5 eggs is in the middle of the heron colony. But if I understood (I'm not absolutely sure but... :D ) there are more nests with 5 eggs... I will try to do videos about them all.
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Post by Mutikluti » April 8th, 2019, 6:01 pm

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Post by Mutikluti » April 8th, 2019, 6:20 pm

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Flying is great and walking does not do bad. :rolleyes:
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Post by Mutikluti » April 9th, 2019, 10:17 am

April 9

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It's snowing here. As you see, this year sometimes fly by our camera White Egrets. Their nests are close but I cann't to show to you them, for camera are those nests too far.
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Post by Mutikluti » April 9th, 2019, 10:24 am

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As I promised to find more nests where are five aggs, I will try to fulfill my promise. :D
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Post by Mutikluti » April 9th, 2019, 10:49 am

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Post by Mutikluti » April 9th, 2019, 12:13 pm

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I cann't go closer with our camera... :rant:
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Post by Mutikluti » April 10th, 2019, 11:36 am

April 10

Good morning! :wave:
It's colder today morning but all herons are busy with something. White Egrets are looking for twigs to build nests and grey herons are on the eggs....
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Post by Summi » April 10th, 2019, 1:35 pm

Mutikluti :wave:
Busy time for white beauties and grey beauties. :nod:

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Post by Mutikluti » April 11th, 2019, 12:31 pm

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Post by Bea » April 11th, 2019, 1:02 pm

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Mutikluti,

do you have an overview how many White Egrets are in this Grey Heron colony?

White Egrets are said to prefer to nest/breed in dense reed bed, but in Estonia they also mingle with Grey Herons and nest in their colonies in trees ....

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