Estonian White-tailed Sea Eagle Nest Camera 2022

Webcam Watching over White-tailed Eagles nest

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Estonian White-tailed Sea Eagle Nest Camera 2022

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Estonian White-tailed Sea Eagle Nest Camera 2022
Matsalu


Welcome to new season!

i got mail from Urmas. :2thumbsup:
"Yesterday Omar visited the nestsite in Matsalu. Got on place picture trough camera, but transmission doesn't work. So there is need to take another router + antenna to replace current one. Also charging controller is out of order.

Nest is somewhat skewed more as it was in autumn, but no any signs of eagles visits."


Thank you Omar and Urmas!

The nest is the same as last year. All we need to do is to wait a little more and hope that eagles will return. :rolleyes:
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For further information please have a look at last year's topic:
https://www.looduskalender.ee/forum/vie ... 95#p780295


The stream from the nest started on Feb 7 at 16:15:54.

The address:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KVBm4YlbbQ
Fe 8 new address:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEUDclQPtuc
Feb 9:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2odcbJGPfs
Triin wrote: February 9th, 2022, 8:28 am Link for the channel: https://www.youtube.com/kotkaklubi
Perhaps easier to remember.

Hopefully we get a permanent link for the livestream soon.
thank you Triin!
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thanks ame - and thanks to Omar and Urmas as well
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:loveshower: wow thanks!
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Livestream from the white-tailed eagle nest: https://www.youtube.com/Kotkaklubi.

Introduction

For the second year in a row, we can see the nest of white-tailed eagles in Matsalu National Park (https://kaitsealad.ee/en/protected-area ... ional-park) on one of the oldest known white-tailed eagle breeding territories in Estonia (the first reports date back to 1870 (Sits, 1937)). The eagles built this nest in 1996 and it has been annually inhabited since. Between 1996 and 2021, a total of 30 eaglets have fledged from this nest. Thus, it is a very suitable nesting area for white-tailed eagles. There is also a second pair of eagles nesting less than a kilometre from this nest.

The nest in 2002. Documentary "Estonian eagles" (Gaviafilm, 2005)
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24 nestlings out of 30 have been ringed here and as many as eleven of them have been seen later. An eaglet from 2012 was seen in front of the then white-tailed eagle webcam in Läänemaa in 2018 and an eaglet from 1995 visited the eagles winter feeding camera in 2012 and 2013, but that bird was found mortally injured only 10 km from the place of birth in 2019. The last eaglet in this nest was ringed in June 2020 and seen in north-western Estonia at the beginning of February this year.

Ringing the chick in 2020 (Photo Kaarel Kaisel)
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White tailed eagles often start decorating the nest with fresh twigs during the winter. One to three eggs are laid in March, the nestlings hatch in the second half of April and usually fledge in early July. The young will stay near the nest until September. Of course, if all goes well.

2021
Eve and Eerik

1st egg - March 20; 2nd egg - March 24.
1st chick hatch - April 28; 2nd chick hatch - April 30.
Both chicks deceased on May 12-13. Cause of death was avian influenza H5N1. See here: https://kotkas.ee/uudised/the-cause-of- ... uenza-h5n1

Eve and Eerik feeding the chicks a few days before the chicks deceased (WTE camera, May 9, 2021)
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The breeding pair of 2021 was named Eve and Eerik. They started nesting relatively late, at the end of February. The broadcast then began even later, on March 7. The first egg was laid by the female Eve on March 20. Last year’s nest owners don’t have coloured leg rings, so we don’t know their history. In 2021, after a month of incubation, two nestlings hatched on April 28 and 30. However, we did not see them fledge – they died on May 12 and 13. The cause of death was identified as bird flu H5N1 at the Estonian University of Life Sciences (read more https://kotkas.ee/uudised/the-cause-of- ... uenza-h5n1). Although several white-tailed eagles visited the nest afterwards, we did not see Eve or Eerik again. Hopefully the highly contagious bird flu did not become fatal for them as well! We also hope that in 2022 we will see a successful breeding season. Whether last year’s eagles or others are nesting, it will be clear by mid-March at the latest.

2022

Eve and Eerik have not been to the nest.
There is a new couple. Male has no rings. Female was ringed as a nestling in Western-Estonia by Renno Nellis in 2015. Her rings: right leg - blue-white M1201; left leg - black E321)

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Technical information

The nest camera was set up by Urmas Sellis (Eagle Club Estonia) and Omar Neiland (Beta Grupp OÜ) at the end of January, beginning of February. We use AXIS F41 camera with a custom-made microphone from Omar. The main body of the camera is below the nest on the tree trunk, but the lens and sensor are at the nest level. We tried to camouflage the camera as much as possible and hid it inside a dry aspen branch. Therefore, the camera remains relatively inconspicuous when seen from the nest.

The camera lens and sensor are hidden inside a dry aspen branch (Photo Urmas Sellis)
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The camera is powered by solar panels, and to save energy, the camera turns off when it gets dark, and the batteries are weak. Live broadcast from the nest resumes at sunrise. We transmit the camera image via 4G mobile internet, so in case of intensive network use, there may be interruptions in the transmission.

The camera is streamed through the Eagle Club Estonia’s YouTube channel. We recommend following Kotkaklubi channel in case the broadcast needs to be restarted due to technical errors, which may change the direct link of the broadcast. As the season progresses, Kotkaklubi channel will also feature all other nesting cameras of Estonian eagles and black storks, as well as a capercaillie camera.

The preparation and recording of the camera signal for streaming takes place with the support of Estonian Fund for Nature. Events in the nest are documented by the viewers in Looduskalender forum. The use of the stream from the nest for non-commercial purposes is not prohibited, but please let us know if possible (send a message to urmas(ät)kotkas.ee). Contributors are welcomed with each camera, as some components need to be replaced every year and we do not have any project support for hardware costs. Environmental Investment Centre supports the installation, removal and maintenance of cameras.

White-tailed eagle nest camera team and supporters:

Eagle Club Estonia – nest related actions, camera installation and information
Beta-Grupp OÜ – camera testing and setup, microphone construction, technical support
Looduskalender – forum on the Web
Estonian Fund for Nature – server support
Akukeskus Tartus – battery assistance
Environmental Investment Centre – financial support
Several private donors – to cover unexpected and expected hardware costs

Thousands of viewers – the most important, because otherwise the cameras would not make much sense!
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Yeah, the nest surely looks twisted, hope the mic works and the stream comes on :D
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A spruce twig appeared on the left edge but it is not known who and when brought it. Maybe it were buzzards or some other birds!
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Hello!
Thank you to the regular members of the forum for enriching people's minds and hearts!
Will it be possible to read somewhere about white-tailed eagles with transmitters? Will the news on the left side of Birdmap remain the only one?
Thanks!
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we are online :loveshower:
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KVBm4YlbbQ


I hope for a great season :bow:

ame, thanks for opening the thread! :2thumbsup:
ame wrote: February 7th, 2022, 4:53 pm there's a snow face on the nest.Image :laugh:
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Hello to all :hi:
I also hope for a beautiful and successful season.
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thank you Omar and Urmas! :bow:

there's a snow face on the nest.Image :laugh:
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You are all cute! The chat is already bursting ... . :rotf:

I hope you all will be able to document a great season. I really hope so... for the couple and for a small sign that there are still healthy places for our animals to survive. :innocent:

I will only read but already thank you for your dedication!

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Wonderful :loveshower:

16:30 siskins
16:45 longtail tits
17:10 pygmy owl sings
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17:40 Tawny Owls playing
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18:21 the camera went to sleep. :sleep:

Feb 8

is the camera on now? i can't find the stream? :puzzled:

new address:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEUDclQPtuc

a fox barked loud!
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Energy saving I guess but the stream is not very good, lots of interruptions.
Yesterday 17:50:50 maybe Ural Owl, was here last year also.
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Good Morning :hi:

10:05:00 barking fox - he is close to the nest
10:06 he is still barking....
10:10 the fox is barking again

10:11 a juvenile flew to the right and landed on a branch out of sight
a last year cutie :innocent:
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new stream:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEUDclQPtuc
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here it is :laugh:
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ame, I did not see the fox!
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the fox was barking very near. did you see the fox Liz?

i hope that the address of the stream will not change daily. :puzzled:

10:51 Kotkaklubi announcement on the YT chat:

"​Officially we will open WtE cam after couple of days, if everything works smooth enough. We need to check switch off for dark time for example, as well as charging of batteries, etc."
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11:26 a adult was there! just two seconds

the adult was a juvenile.. but already 4CY ore ....
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he is scared by the camera
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gap in his right wing
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