VIDEO: Snow cooled down grouse display

Submitted by Looduskalender on Sun, 28.02.2016 - 12:23
Video Ahto Täpsi
Photos Arne Ader
Translation Liis
Black grouse     Teder        Tetrao tetrix
During the first great and lasting thaw in February black grouse mating displays, or leks, certainly could be seen. See earlier article : LINK
More snow fell, and the grouse again sit in birches or  alders, feeding on the catkins and buds.

VIDEO: Antler dropping time

Submitted by Looduskalender on Sat, 27.02.2016 - 21:44
Video, photos and text Tiit Hunt,
Translation Liis


Söödaplatsil käib umbes veerandsada hirvepulli, igal loomal peas kordumatu kujuga sarved. Vähestest viisidest, kuidas hirvekarja liikmetel üldse vahet teha, ongi nende sarved. Üks pull on pool sarve ära murdnud, teisel üks sarvepulk kolm korda lühem kui teine, kolmandal paistavad veel väheldased sarved aga ideaalilähedaselt sümmeetrilised…

VIDEO: Happenings at badger den

Submitted by Looduskalender on Sat, 27.02.2016 - 21:33
Trail camera video Mats Kangur
Activity track images recorded by  Tiit Hunt
Badger    Mäger        Meles meles
The reading of this year’s track book was confoundingly tricky. There is no lasting snow cover nor daytime thaw and a new fresh snow layer on it. Because of this we have not reported the mating moves of felines nor canines  - the tracks simply will not tell a clear story.
Of course the larger predators make their tours at the badger burrows.

White-tailed eagles and "98"

Submitted by Looduskalender on Fri, 26.02.2016 - 00:42
Text: Urmas Sellis (Eagle Club)
Images from webcam: Urmas, Michi, Mutikluti)
Translation Liis
When we celebrate Estonia’s 98th anniversary  the eagles are prepared to do so too.
Two days before the Anniversary of the Estonian Republic the female arrived in the white-tailed eagle nest where the webcam is installed. The male who until then had guarded the nest alone at once became active, started to arrange nest material, brought more branches, talked with his mate.

The white-tailed eagle pair that we watch is not quite typical because the female is smaller than the male.

Two faces of one phenomenon

Submitted by Looduskalender on Wed, 24.02.2016 - 21:59
Photo Arne Ader
Translation Liis
Glaze frost on birch branches
A winter rainfall that freezes on the ground is called glaze ice, but when it does so on trees, power lines or or on objects above ground in general then glaze frost.
Yesterday ice rain fell from nimbostratus clouds, dark, low-level clouds, at a height of about one kilometre and this weather phenomenon we can still feel in the next few days.
The precipitation of ice rain is caused by a warm air layer when the

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