Why was the stork nest empty for a while?

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sun, 14.07.2019 - 09:38

Screencap from webcam  Solo, LK forum

Estonian text posted 12.07.2019

At three o’clock the young storks, observing the doings of the ringers under the trees, decided to leave the nest

 

Black stork          Must-toonekurg       Ciconia nigra

 

The Eagle Club birdmen had planned a serious working day. In addition to ringing, both young storks would get ”backpacks” with radio transmitters.

An anniversary cannot be neglected

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Tue, 09.07.2019 - 08:19

Screencap from webcam  Mary Jane, LK forum
Estonian text posted 05.07.2019

Photo of the whole osprey family…

 

Osprey          Kalakotkas       Pandion haliaetus 

 

The image from Osprey camera 2 disappeared the day before yesterday during the heavy rain. Hopefully the equipment will be restored within a few days

The chicks, hatched on June 4, 5 and 7, will be one month old today calculating with an average of the hatching dates.

VIDEO: Nightjar family busy in early morning

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 05.07.2019 - 20:49

Animation created by  Yitmoth, LK forum
Estonian text posted 04.07.2019

Male bird serves as single parent during daytime

 

Nightjar            Öösorr         Caprimulgus europaeus

 

The male has become a companion to the already three weeks old juveniles, or someone under whose wings they can hide their heads in rainy weather; there is no longer room for more. We did not actually expect to see the birds in action around the nest for such a long time. In any case an interesting experience.

How far away might the location selected by the female for laying a new clutch be?

VIDEO: Goshawk attacked osprey nest

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Wed, 03.07.2019 - 08:24

Video (Slow motion) Bea, LK forum
Estonian text posted 02.07.2017

 

Female Miina leaves the nest with an alarm call to drive off the invader

Northern  goshawk       Kanakull          Accipiter gentilis

 

Immediately before three o’clock it was raining and female Miina covered her nestlings. A minute before three o’clock just as the rain decreased the goshawk attack took place; attentive forum members recorded it.

The same goshawk has very likely been flying past the nest earlier so that it knew the layout and could plan the attack. Miina has left the nest earlier too with alarm calls but the cause of danger has been too far away or outside the camera’s field of view.

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