Black Stork Nest in Karula - 2018

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Black Stork Nest in Karula - 2018

Post by Jo UK » March 28th, 2018, 3:01 pm

Welcome to the third year of webcam viewing at this Black Stork nest in Karula National Park.

We hope to see another season of nest activity with Karl and Kati, not yet home from migration. We can watch Karl's journey from South Sudan on the Birdmap http://birdmap.5dvision.ee/EN/
As Kati does not have a backpack tracker, her present location is unknown.

Introduction from last year's topic -

This Black Stork nest is located in Karula National Park which is probably the best breeding area for Black Stork in Estonia nowadays. It was found in February 2016 by Eagle Club nest searching camp.
Installing camera on the nest:

http://www.talgud.ee/lugu/must-toonekure

Karula National Park:
http://www.keskkonnaamet.ee/karula-eng/national-park/



Introduction by Looduskalender

http://www.looduskalender.ee/n/en/node/1193

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Post by Jo UK » March 28th, 2018, 3:02 pm

This introduction on the Looduskalender main page is really worth reading! Photographs of the old and new nests and good information about the history and present set-up of the nest and camera system.
http://www.looduskalender.ee/n/en/node/2277


An interesting series of photographs about the installation of this year's black stork nest.
http://www.talgud.ee/lugu/must-toonekure

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Post by Jo UK » March 28th, 2018, 3:02 pm

Interesting links by forum members

https://redirect.viglink.com/?format=go ... ategies%2F

https://redirect.viglink.com/?format=go ... 163056.htm

Discussion pages 160-161

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Post by Jo UK » March 28th, 2018, 3:02 pm

Important Events on the Black Stork Nest 2018

April 8. 12.35 Karl arrived at the nest and
" 18.25 Kati arrived

April 16th First egg seen at 05.15

April 18th Second egg, seen at 04.05

April 19th Third egg seen at 18.54

April 22nd Fourth egg seen at 05.04


HATCHING OF EGGS

The first chick hatched on Friday the 18th of May at 16:31, during a thunderstorm.
The second chick was first seen at sunrise on Sunday the 20th of May.
The third chick hatched on the same day at 14:02.
The fourth egg failed to hatch.

Following a successful period of growth and development rings and transmitters were attached to the three young storks on
July 14th.

Number 1 (the oldest, 56 days)
Ring number 7163
Bill length 124 mm
Wing length 460 mm
Weight 2580 grams

Number 2 (the middle, 54 days old)
Ring number 7161
Bill length 125 mm
Wing length 463 mm
Weight 2530 grams

Number 3 (the youngest, 54 days old)
Ring number 7162
Bill length 126 mm
Wing length 473 mm
Weight 2670 grams

NAMES
After voting by members, the following names have been chosen:
7163 - Maru (meaning ‘storm’ and ‘cute’) for the oldest storklet
7161 - Päike (meaning ‘sun’) for the middle storklet
7162 - Karula (after of the location) for the youngest storklet


Fledge dates
Maru fledged on July 26, 69 days old.
Païke fledged on July 29, 70 days old.
Karula fledged on July 30, 71 days old.


MIGRATION

Kati was for the last time at the nest on 01.08.2018.
Maru, started migration just before noon yesterday 4. August, 2018. age 78 DAYS.
Päike was seen on the nest, last at14.08.2018 and and began migration on 18.08.2018, 90 days old.
Karula left the nest and started its first migration on 16.08.2018, 88 days old.
Karl was was seen for the last time at the nest on 14.08.2018 and started his migration on 16.08.2018.

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Post by Jo UK » March 28th, 2018, 3:04 pm

Urmas sent two photographs of the new nest and he explained the construction of it.

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"that time we were too much hurry to finish by the darkness and I was up on tree. Ain forgot to take photos, only near finish (it was quite dark already) took couple of them (enclosed). There is not visible the new nest, only the supporting pole. Artificial nest is behind the remains of old nest (about half of it was fallen down and other half was probably still on tree because it was frozen). So I decided to build new nest just a side of old one, so it was possible to use another big branch as support for the nest in left side, right side is supported by construction partly visible on image made by Ain. I forgot also to ask Ain to send photo camera up, to me. Sorry for that! Understand now well, that people (also me) would like to see the situation there before and after. The nest material is taken from the old nest part on tree, but spruce branches specially picked from the fallen tree and the base built of those. Hope Karl will not be upset of not really right building material used...

In right lower corner there is a part of the big branch of old nest visible. There will storks probably stand on (if they accept my reconstruction of the nest).

Horizon ( and vertical trees in background) are not exact, probably angle moved a bit with fixing the screws, but I did not check it anymore after fixing screws. Microphone is situated on next bigger branch up the nest about 1,8m (like it was last year)."

So it seems that Ain and Urmas worked under difficult conditions. They had to hurry before daylight failed. The old nest material was frozen.
Very grateful thanks to both of you.

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Post by Jo UK » March 28th, 2018, 3:08 pm

Very helpful and informative post by Juta on 22nd March 2017.
viewtopic.php?p=516905#p516905

- and more usefull posts on Page 1 of the 2017 topic.

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Post by Jo UK » March 28th, 2018, 3:19 pm

Some posts taken from the 2017 topic.

March 28

Good Morning :hi:

6:31 it looks very good. Better than the last year :loveshower: what a great work :bow:
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Thanks, Liz01, for the first image of the new nest.

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Post by Jo UK » March 28th, 2018, 3:21 pm

Liz01

The nest is on another position :nod:

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the curved branch is in the foreground, right corner below :mrgreen: I'm right Urmas?
So it's a completely new nest.



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it is placed on "Aunt Erna's" branch :laugh:

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Post by Jo UK » March 28th, 2018, 4:20 pm

Look up the page to see the photographs and explanation by Urmas.

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Post by Anne7 » March 28th, 2018, 4:23 pm

:wave:

Many thanks, Jo, for opening this new topic for the new season!

This artificial nest looks really great. Thank you Urmas and Ain!
I hope Karl and Kati will think the same and will accept the reconstructed nest. :D

Thanks Liz for these first screenshots. :2thumbsup:
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Post by UteL. » March 28th, 2018, 4:37 pm

Anne7 wrote:
This new nest looks really great. Thank you Urmas and Ain!
I hope Karl and Kati will think the same and will accept the reconstructed nest. :D
That will be very exciting!

Now we do not have to fear a storm anymore :wave:

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Post by Liz01 » March 28th, 2018, 4:40 pm

Jo, Thank you for opening the new topic :2thumbsup: :loveshower:

Thanks also for the pictures of the nest tree!
Wow, that was really great work, In the cold and icy weather. I very much hope that Karl will accept the nest :bow:

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Post by martinmiethke » March 28th, 2018, 9:04 pm

And where is the livestream on YouTube?

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Post by Michi » March 29th, 2018, 12:48 am

Thank you very much, Jo, for the new topic for our beloved Black Storks!
The opening of the topic increases always the joy about the coming events. :D

Special thanks go to Urmas, Ain and all their colleagues and helpers for building the new nest, installing the camera and all the efforts and support to let the cam run! :2thumbsup:

I hope for a happy season for Karl and Kati! At first I hope for a safe return of both. :2thumbsup:

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Post by Michi » March 29th, 2018, 12:53 am

martinmiethke wrote:And where is the livestream on YouTube?
?
I think, there's a bit patience needed. I'm sure, Urmas & Co. are first of all happy that the new nest is builded and the cam runs. The other amenities will probably come if there is time for.

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Post by Liz01 » March 29th, 2018, 4:46 am

martinmiethke wrote:And where is the livestream on YouTube?
It's the link from last year! Many viewers are hoping that we have the new stream on youtube soon. :bow: In my channel are daily requests for Karl and Kati. In the previous year, many fell in love with this couple.
At the moment I'm glad that Karl can be seen on the birdmap. There is time enough, to put the stream on youtube. They are still far away.

See you :laugh:

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Post by Summi » March 29th, 2018, 7:14 am

Good morning
Liz01 wrote:They are still far away.
And good that they are far because it's -7 at the moment at Karula and it'll be like that for one more week. :slap:
Thank you Urmas and all others involved working in such winter conditions. Hope nobody caught cold.

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Post by Lussi05 » March 29th, 2018, 10:43 am

Hello to everyone :hi:

What a great job these kind people have done for the lovely blackstork family, thank you so much! And thank you Jo, for the information, and new topic. I see it`s a cold weather in Karula too, like in many places in Europe. It has been a very hard winter for me, in many ways. Here, it`s still -15˚ in the mornings, and a half meter of snow. But to see this camera put me in a spring mood, thank you :wave:

10:40 - Someone landed above the nest.

Edit: It was a little bird, I got a little glimpse of it.

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Post by Biker » March 29th, 2018, 10:49 am

Welcome back, Lussi 05! Nice to see you here again. :wave:

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Post by martinmiethke » March 29th, 2018, 3:17 pm

Liz01 wrote:It's the link from last year!
No, this is a video, no livestream, just as the link in the first post here …
Of course I can wait but the post looks as if there were an actual livestream. I only wanted to know :rolleyes:

Greetings, Martin

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