Tawny Owl Camera News

Only one owlet left the tawny owl tree trunk nest

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Wed, 22.05.2019 - 16:07

Photo Arne Ader

Kodukakupoeg

Tawny owl chick ( www.loodusemees.ee )

The hope remains that the only one to come out from the nest trunk will stay healthy.

 

Tawny owl        Kodukakk            Strix aluco

 

A sad sight for watchers but so too nest life may turn out in nature despite our best wishes.

We don’t know  the cause of death of the last two chicks. It seems possible  that a disease or parasites attacked them. We promise to share the information when any explanation is available .

Sad times in owl nest for viewers

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Mon, 20.05.2019 - 19:27

Screencap from webcam  Timea, LK forum
Estonian text posted 2019.20.05

The tail feathers of the largest owl chick are still visible at the opening of the nest trunk

 

Tawny owl       Kodukakk        Strix aluco

 

We transmit the webcam images from the owl nest for the eleventh year. This year’s surviving owl chicks were hatched on April 18, 19 and 20. Such a sight we haven’t seen in the camera but it is known that similar things happen in the world of birds.

Three owl chicks in nest trunk

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 10.05.2019 - 11:41

Screencap from webcam  Maggy, LK forum
Estonian text posted 09.05.2019
English translation Liis

Three owl chicks remain in the nest trunk hollow

 

Tawny owl        Kodukakk           Strix aluco

 

That this might happen at some time watchers have already been forewarned about. In the later half of yesterday the fourth owl chick had become quite weak for several reasons.

The three owl chicks were hatched on April 18th, 19th and 20th and they will be three weeks old at the weekend. Klaara also stopped keeping the chicks warm this week but comes to feed them and keeps an eye on the chicks by being near the nest in daytime .

Tawny owl chicks two weeks old

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Mon, 06.05.2019 - 16:44

Screencap from webcam  Maggy, LK forum
Estonian text posted 04.05.2019
English translation Liis

Image from this morning of the owl family in the nest trunk

 

Tawny owl        Kodukakk         Strix aluco

 

The webcam image shows the difference in size between the three older chicks and the fourth that was hatched two days later than the first three.

Mother Klaara has no longer time to feed the chicks individually and the fight for survival between the owl chicks is on, altough it is not conscious but rather as human thinking sees it.

At the end of May the chicks start leaving the nest trunk

Four owl chicks in nest trunk

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 03.05.2019 - 15:55

Screencap from webcam  Maggy, LK forum
Estonian text posted 02.05.2019
English translation Liis

 

Tawny owl       Kodukakk         Strix aluco

 

Nature disposes things in its own way as we know.

The fifth owl chick  hatched almost a week later than the first one and didn’t manage to survive in the fight for life. Tonight we could see what had happened..

The appetite of the young birds grows by each day and female Klaara too must be busy with getting food several times during the night.

Chicks hatched from all five owl eggs

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 26.04.2019 - 10:42

Screencap from webcam  Maggy, LK forum
Estonian text  posted 25.04.2019
English translation Liis

When Klaara left the nest hollow in the tree trunk it was clear that all of the tawny owl pair’s eggs had been fertilized

 

Tawny owl       Kodukakk        Strix aluco

 

In fact the hatching of the last owl chick started already last night (see the lower of the webcam images).

Looking at the hatching dates of the chicks it may be argued that the last chicks do not have very much hope of survival.

The order  of the hatching of the chicks: April 18th, 19th, 20th, 22nd and  25th.

Four owl chicks and one egg

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 26.04.2019 - 10:37

Screencap from webcam Timea, LK forum
Estonian text  posted 22.04.2019
English translation Liis

The chick hatched today is lowest down  in the image …

 

Tawny owl         Kodukakk       Strix aluco

 

When the owl chicks were fed Klaara went out on her evening trip at a few minutes to ten o’clock.

The owl  chick that was hatched today is quite tiny compared to the older ones. In the nest trunk hollow four owl chicks are growing including the one hatched today; hatchings on April 18th, 19th, 20th and 22nd.

Three owl chicks, two eggs

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Mon, 22.04.2019 - 19:56

Scdreencap from webcam  Timea, LK forum
Estonian text posted 20.04.2019
English translation Liis

 

Tawny owl        Kodukakk          Strix aluco

The guess yesterday evening about a third owl chick on the verge of being hatched turned out to be true .

At a quarter to nine Klaara went on her evening flight. In the nest hollow three owl chicks tumbled around who had hatched on April 18th, 19th and 20th.

There is enough work for the parent owls, particularly of course for Klaus in order to keep the family fed.

Two owl chicks, three eggs left

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Mon, 22.04.2019 - 19:50

Screencap from webcam  Timeo, LK forum
English translation Liis
Estonian text posted 19.04.2019

Just past nine o’clock it was evident what had happened in the owl nest  

Tawny owl         Kodukakk       Strix aluco

 

When Klaara was out for a quarter of an hour to stretch her wings we could see the nest interior – yesterday Klaara did not leave the nest.

VIDEO: About Klaara, Klaus and the breeding period

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sat, 20.04.2019 - 10:59

Video recorded by Shanta, LK forum
English translation Liis

 

We also see male Klaus

 

Tawny owl     Kodukakk      Strix aluco

 

In the video we can hear the voices of the adults, how male Klaus lets Klaara know that she might come to have an evening meal. After some time he himself comes to the nest with a rodent which he offers to Klaara  but then decides to check in the nest hollow whether the hatching of the owl chicks is in progress  since Klaara did not leave the nest on being called. …

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