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The camera may be working also in the dark time of the night. Please check the local time (EET) to see if it is night in Latvia when you try to open the camera: the camera may be switched of during the night in order to save power. In the link below I have described a way to check if the camera is currently on or not:
So far the information that we have about this WTE-camera in Latvia is limited, but more information will be added here as we learn more the nest and its inhabitants. In the following Jānis Ķuze gives an introduction to the nest camera.
Later further information was received from from Janis Kuze. He write about K404:[color=#FF8000]On Feb 11th[/color] Jānis Ķuze wrote: Webcam at the nest of White tailed eagle in Latvia in 2015
The nest of White tailed eagle that is equipped with webcam system is located in W part of Latvia in Durbe County. It is a new breeding territory, known only since summer 2014 when first nest of this pair was found. It was built in the retention tree – pine tree that was left in the clear felled area. Pair bred successfully that year – it was one of the four known nests in Latvia in 2014 with three youngsters.
This year eagles started to build a new nest in the nearby spruce tree on the wind broken top. Several of the top-most branches are growing upwards now, thus providing a support for the eagles nest. Camera was installed at one of those branches at the early stage of nest building process, giving us a rare opportunity to watch the process of building of new nest (so far the webcams were placed mostly at White-tailed eagle nests with previous breeding history). Soon we discovered that the female is ringed, on left leg it has a ring with code K404 and colour combination “blue over red”. On right leg it has a ring with colour combination “blue over white” that points to the Estonian origin. Colleagues from there informed us that this bird was ringed as a nestling in the nest in southern part of Saaremaa Island in June 1999. Origin of the male is unknown as this bird is not ringed.
This nest is interesting with its location in the spruce tree. It is only fourth historically known nest in Latvia that is built in spruce (roughly half of all nests are built in pine trees, one third – in aspen trees, one tenth – in birch trees; more seldom spruce, oak and black alder is chosen). “Spruce nests” are usually built on such broken tops and are located high above the ground (in this case roughly 25 meters) – the highest nest of White tailed eagle in Latvia is located 31,5 meters above the ground and is built in spruce as well.
In the first half of February we can see the intensive nest building process where both of the birds are involved. If breeding will be started, eggs (1-3) could be laid in the end of February or in the first weeks of March (in rare cases it happens as late as in early April). Incubation usually lasts for 38 days; the young birds are going in their first flight in the age of 2 and a half months.
Project is implemented by the Latvian Fund for Nature. This year the transmission is possible thanks to the LMT (data transmission to the server), Mikrotik (4G routers), EENET (server), Janis Rudzitis and SIA “Rewind” (system configuration) and LatRosTrans (financial support).
Saaremaa is the big island on Estonia's West coast, the same where the seal island is situated.... the bird is ringed on 18.06.1999 in Southern part of Saaremaa, ringer Veljo Volke.
Thank you, Jānis Ķuze!
The location of the nest is in Durbe County near the city Liepāja in Western Latvia, shown in the maps below. The maps were provided by Jānis Ķuze. There is one big lake, Durbes ezers, with a nature reserve area. There are also other water areas in the county.
The introduction to this nest camera by Jānis Ķuze can be found also here:
Thank you for the link, tringa!
Forum in Latvian language: http://dabasdati.lv/forums/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=1645
On March 7th: Information about donating money for the benefit of the nest camera[color=#FF8000]On 14 Feb 2015, 10:42[/color] Janis Kuze wrote:this nest is located not far away from several farmsteads, that is the reason why dogs can be heard, some of the chainsaws are coming from there as well. Site is not officially protected, yet. We are communicating with our State Forest Service about designation of so called microreserve, but that will take some time. Couple of cutting permits are issued there and the closest of patches is felled down, probably some timber that should be taken out is still there. How far I know, it is agreed now with other forest owners that they will not start new cutting activities until the autumn or the time when protection will be officially in force. On Monday I will update the situation.
Eaglelady wrote:... We are a few from Sweden who would like to donate some money to your project Durbe and Robert.
Is it possible and where can we get the information?