Latvian Lesser Spotted Eagles webcam - Mētra and Mačo 2014

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Re: Latvian Lesser Spotted Eagles webcam - Mētra and Mačo 20

Post by Black swan » June 5th, 2014, 1:34 pm

The Black Eagles are distant cousins.
Now during the breeding season every day fresh Greenery comes to the nest.
They loves that stuff, stuck their beak there in, put it up close to themself and sometimes even chewing it.
Maybe good for health, digestion. Hygienic on the nest.

edit: 10:26 brought Maco small prey, small mouse or so. Too fast swallowed Metra - I was too slow for a pic! After that Metra called continue...
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Post by Kukelke » June 5th, 2014, 2:26 pm

I'm no expert by any means, but I know that other species bring a variety of plants, mosses and lychens to their nests for different reasons.
One of those reasons is the anti-septic effects some plants/mosses/lychens have, thought to cleanse the nest and get rid of bugs and parasites.
Another reason is that fresh greens cool down the air on the nest when the moisture inside the green evaporates; it sort of creates a micro-climate on the nest, which is handy on hot summerdays.
Ospreys among others, often bring green stuff to their nests prior to the eggs hatching. And they eat bark and other plant material on some occasions because their diet doesn't give all the things their body needs. This bark-eating also sharpens their beaks, a bit like when a cat sharpens it's claws on a piece of wood.
So, I can imagine that the behaviour on this nest can have something to do with one (or more) of the above.

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Post by lianaliesma » June 5th, 2014, 2:39 pm

Black Swan and Kukelke, many thanks... Image
I keep thinking why Mētra brings so many of greeneries. And why did not work her instinct of self preservation with so little food from Mačo previously ... at present situation is improving.
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Post by Hellem » June 5th, 2014, 2:43 pm

14:40 Macho with Big mole! Metra is very glad :D

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Post by Britta » June 5th, 2014, 2:44 pm

Macko brings a mole

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after Macko left, Metra is standing there cries and mantels?

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Post by asteria » June 5th, 2014, 2:44 pm

Metra flew away with that mole! :shock:

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Post by Britta » June 5th, 2014, 2:45 pm

Metra left with the mole

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Post by asteria » June 5th, 2014, 2:46 pm

Empty nest now. WTH? :banghead:

Upd: and now the wind is blowing like crazy.

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Post by Britta » June 5th, 2014, 2:56 pm

it's raining and a wet Metra back on nest

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Post by asteria » June 5th, 2014, 3:03 pm

Now I see, Metra decided to show the egg how tough life may be and left it alone! :shock:

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Post by Britta » June 5th, 2014, 3:30 pm

someone chirps nearby and i've seen something on the camlens

Metra saw it too
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Post by Lussi05 » June 5th, 2014, 6:39 pm

Good afternoon :hi:

Thank you all for pictures and comments :wave:
Interesting, and logical, explanations for why Metra is "chewing" maple leaves, and great to see that Macho has been in the nest several times again today:))) Seems like he has found (under the circumstances) a fertile hunting ground these last days:)
18:17 - Metra was preening..
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Post by Lussi05 » June 5th, 2014, 7:28 pm

19:20 - Playing with the maple leaf again..
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19:22- this time she meant to rearrange it :innocent:
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Post by Lussi05 » June 5th, 2014, 9:13 pm

21:12
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Post by Hellem » June 5th, 2014, 9:42 pm

Lussi05 :hi:
21:38 The same pic on the nest as on your at 21:12 :laugh:
21:42 Metra flew off suddenly
21:50 Metra is back with a new maple branch :whistling:

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Post by Lussi05 » June 5th, 2014, 9:54 pm

21:50 - Metra is back, with more maple leafs..
Hellem wrote:21:38 The same pic on the nest as on your at 21:12 :laugh:
Yes, I had to check if the picture was frozen :laugh:

Edit: Hellem, same thoughts :wave:

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Post by Lussi05 » June 5th, 2014, 10:25 pm

22:21 - We can hear the birds evening concert, but it´s soon too dark to see - Good night, Metra :offtobed:
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Post by Lussi05 » June 6th, 2014, 8:46 am

6. June

08:41 - Metra is awake, and calling for breakfast, and if I´m to judge by the tone of her voice, I'd arrived straight away if I was Macho :laugh:
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Post by Black swan » June 6th, 2014, 3:48 pm

3:12pm: Maco brought Metra a Mole (?), she swallowed immediately and called continually...
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Post by asteria » June 6th, 2014, 6:00 pm

Metra is looking at the egg suspiciously and constantly calling.

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