Black Stork Nest in Karula 2022

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Thank you so very much for all of the images and the narrative. :loveshower: I also really appreciate all of the other information including how far the adults have to travel to find food for the storklets on the nest. Also the explanations for the 'looks' of the storklets when they were frightened by the humans walking below. This forum is so good...thank you to everyone for their input. :loveshower:
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July 26

Good morning!

A bird makes noise. The call startles the chicks.

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X puts down a pellet.

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Waiting for breakfast

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09:35 Kaia with breakfast
She flew from the right behind the nest to the left through the forest and then to the nest.

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I think these are frogs.

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09:40 Karl II is here too.
There is fish.

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Karl II gave two portions of fish.

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10:16 Karl II is here again. :laugh:
This is fish from the fish basket for sure.

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after feedings :D

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Bonus is very slim in contrast to W and V.

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beautiful little X

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Can't stretch?
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You have overload in the crop!
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11:25 Karl II again
It could not be seen what Karl II brought exactly.

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But yes, Karl II brought fish.

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after feeding

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I'm afraid the chicks need a feeding break now. :rolleyes:

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:hi: everyone,

and thank you very much, Swenja :thumbs:

almost bursting crops on our storklets :headroll:
Karl II and Kaia today were able to draw on plenty, thanks to Urmas & friends :2thumbsup:


11.58.07 the fritillary enjoys a seated sunbath on X
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11.58.14 and then went for a little walk on X's wing :laugh:
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12.55.31 what came in will come out - big greenish-yellowish PS by V
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15.02.50 the camera stopped.
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Today, all three feedings of Karl II are related to fish basket 2. He was there before all three feedings, though first most probably contained prey of pre-basket feedings at morning. Karl went to the basket also after last feeding. Don't know, if there was still something to take. But new fish was added (44 fish) about one hour ago by local volunteers family in Karula NP, who provided fish during last ten days or so. But their fish pond becomes harvested, less and smaller ones can be caught still. They will continue since it is possible to get fish, maybe not every day to drive to the basket with few fish in near future. Three species are brought from there: alien fish species Prussian Carp (Carassius gibelio) as well as two local fish: Crucian Carp (Carassius carassius) and Tench (Tinca tinca). We with Ain added this morning both carp caught from other ponds also, therefore Karl had possibility to stuff quickly all the four chicks in nest.
This morning I filled also fish basket 1 with some 40 carps, bigger and smaller ones. Karl II or Kaia needs to check it only before the other interested guys (heron, otter, mink) appear there.
Though we have trail cameras at fish baskets, not always the feedings are fixed in memory card and few are sent remotely to us. The feeding places are in weak GSM network sites. But there is usually less people around and therefore less disturbance.
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Urmas wrote: July 26th, 2022, 3:45 pm Today, ...
Thank you for the information and your wonderful work :bow:
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Next message is not that fun...
As there was difficult to control trail cam near Eedis nest we checked situation on place. All four chicks are predated there! Now, looking from memory card of camera, we could say that first chick was predated in evening 16th of July, two chicks in 21st of July and last one in 22nd of July.
Because of certain delay of taking of photo or video by trail camera, no any signs of visible predator. Seems it happened always so quickly, that camera was not able to fix the action. Only with two last cases we could hear some seldom wing flapping under the nest. No voice of chicks on ground nor voice of predator.
Half eaten (by bird of prey) bodies of chicks were 30-60m from nest. According the time of predation (full day) and speed of attack, dense trees around and behaviour pattern of predation it was Goshawk, most probably.
So, one orphan chick is left, in Karula nest.
Our volunteers family brought more fish to Eedi, as there female stork did not show last two weeks and chicks were smaller. But we stopped feeding of Eedi, to pay more attention to Karls nest. Eedi should manage by himself.
I don't know, if you want to see predated chicks of Eedi?
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Many thanks for the info @Urmas. The many feedings today were almost scary, no, the feedings were fantastic! :thumbs:
Thank you very much to the volunteer family from Karula NP. You are great!

edit: Oh no!
It's so sad in Eedis Nest. Unbelievable! I'm lost for words.
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what a pity, you've done such a great job, and then this, but this is nature, always unexpected events. Now all hope for Karl's nest. Thanks for the info. :slap:
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Oh, good News , bad news...
I'm so sorry for Eedi's chicks. I almost can't imagine that a goshawk would predate a stork because storks are so tall! Bad probably a goshawk is very powerful..


Thanks a lot to your friends, urmas, who help feeeding Karl II's chicks.
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Ps the camera works again.
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Urmas, please send the photos of the predated chicks to me. I will make them available to any member who asks to see them. Often, they are not suitable to post here. Sometimes they are.

Thank you for all the work that you and others do. The volunteer family are angels!
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