Beaver’s neighbour – water shrew

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Tue, 16.07.2019 - 10:58
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The water shrew is a enigmatic and shy animal that most people never have even heard about. This small mammal is however definitely present in our nature and moreover quite common!

 I clearly remember my first encounter with a water shrew – it took place behind a beaver dam where I was stalking a kingfisher. The beaver had dammed the water in a small stream. Lying there for hours I noticed that a very small, agile creature was busy in the water. The top of its head touched the water surface only for a moment when it dived again. Who was it? Finally I managed to see the little animal – looking like a shrew but liked to move in water. Getting home with this information I started to search in books and I did find it in the Soricidae family – it was a water shrew!

 

VIDEO: Are the happenings in the stork nest at ringing beginning to be forgotten?

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Tue, 16.07.2019 - 10:37

Screencap from webcam  Liz, LK forum
Estonian text posted 13.07.2019

Male Karl arrived to feed the young storks

 

Black stork        Must-toonekurg      Ciconia nigra

 

Last night in the evening viewers noticed that the brown-coloured transmitter of  one of the juveniles caused more ”agitation” in the adults than the black ”rucksack” of the other one.

Today in the morning the male cautiously circled the nest and the juveniles loudly begged for food from him – as usual when one of the adults is noticed in the vicinity.

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.

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