December 2018

VIDEO: About the jackals in the camera area

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 28.12.2018 - 22:10

Video recorded by Urmas

English translation Liis

Estonian text posted 26.12.2018


The closer to winter we are the more difficult it is for the cautious creatures to give up easily available mouthfuls


Jackal; Golden Jackal     Šaakal or harilik šaakal        Canis aureus

In what kind of landscape might our jackals thrive? A study has compared the habitats of jackals in Europe and in potential regions in the Baltic countries; we will briefly look at Estonia .

Second period of winter bird count begins today

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Tue, 25.12.2018 - 17:49

Information from EOÜ

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Estonian text posted 25.12.2018

In December the annual mainland winter bird count continues. The second counting period is from December 25th 2018 until January 7th 2019.

The birds should be counted in an area and a path of one’s own choice. The observer should know winter birds (up to 40 species) from their calls and exterior. For the counting an about 10 km long path should be selected which may pass through different landscapes.

Christmas hunting truce in our forests proclaimed on December 21st at 19.00 in Võrumaa at Timula lake

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Tue, 25.12.2018 - 17:43

EJS announces

Photo Arne Ader

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Estonian text posted 21.12.2018

Põdra rada

Elk tracks


Our hunters honour a hunting truce at Christmas for the 26th time.


Why is it important to have a hunting truce period?

·       hunters values this as a vital and deeply ethical part of hunting. The hunting truce does not originate from the law: it is an tradition agreed on by hunters. Several societries keep it for longer.

Why is the hunting truce important?


·       The hunting truce during the Christmas  holidays is important for nature as well as forhumans. It is an ideal time to reflect on the relations between yourself and nature and to take the time and discuss the most important events of the ending year.

Winter bird feeder camera starts

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sun, 23.12.2018 - 09:46

Transmission provided by Elisa and EENet

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Estonian text posted 22.12.2018

The season has arrived when we can observe the birds visiting the winter bird feeder and see their doings for the 13th year. The images from the winter bird feeder camera at Otepää reaches all interested watchers through the cooperation of Loodusemees, Linnuvaatleja and Looduskalender.

VIDEO: Wolf in jackal camera or waiting for wolf did not even take a week

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sat, 22.12.2018 - 11:40

Text and web camera records Tiit
English translation Liis

Estonian text posted 21.12.2018

And it arrived! When on Monday we still pondered whether the wolf would  show up  here then this morning a few minutes past 7 o’clock it was there.

It may be a lonely wolf in the area that showed up last winter too when the jackal camera was located about six kilometres from here on the Metsküla shore.

VIDEO: Lynx in Saastna

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Tue, 18.12.2018 - 10:22

Text and video records Tiit

English translation Liis

Estonian text posted 17.12.2018

Last night at 3.41 and in the morning at 8.01 a lynx appeared in the webcam – the Animal of the Year . 

Eile öösel kell 3.41 ja hommikul 8.01 ilmus šaakalikaamera ette ilves – aasta loom. 

It seems that there were two different specimens; the night walker that showed itself only cursorily seemed to be an adult while the size, exterior and body language of the morning visitor seemed rather to be a juvenile. In any case a nice surprise and change from the mammals in the camera list up to now – mice, jackals, foxes and hares.

VIDEO: When there are no trout in the spawning ground we see sticklebacks

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Mon, 17.12.2018 - 10:26

Video recorded by Parabols, LK forum

English translation Liis

Estonian text posted 12.12.2018 


The video is a couple of years old. This year the water flow is extremely small and the water too muddy for recording a video


Ninespine stickleback    Luukarits    Pungitius pungitius    


The slim, spool-shaped sticklebacks have conspicuous spines on the back (dorsal) fin. There may be nine up to eleven of them, and in addition one on each ventral fin.

The thin peduncle or tail stem is noticeable. The lifetime of these small fish reaches up to three years. Most have a similar body length, five to six centimetres.

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