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Date to celebrate in greater spotted eagle nest

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Mon, 10.09.2018 - 12:40

Screenshot from webcam IceAge, LK forum
English translation Liis


Estonian text posted 01.09.2018

The young  greater spotted eagle finally got the name Tõnnipoeg


Greater spotted eagle       Suur-konnakotkas         Clanga clanga


Three months have passed in a flash. In our web camera nest a handsome juvenile has grown up. There is still action near the nest but this period too will end in the next few days.

Let us see what will happen that the camera lens will no longer show.

Looduskalender in Vikerraadio: Common cranes are gathering

Submitted by Looduskalender on Sat, 08.09.2018 - 21:09

The author, Kristel Vilbaste, also posts texts in Vikerraadio

Photo: Arne Ader

Translation into English by Maret

Estonian text posted 14.08.2018


A flock of common cranes

August the 10th is St. Lawrence’s Day and August 15th is the Day of the Assumption of Mary, and for the farmers they mean that the fall labours should have started.

In the old days, that was the time for sowing rye and looking up to see, if the cranes, the “sowing cranes”, were flying high or low. If they flew high up, it meant that the rye would grow tall, if they flew low, the rye would remain low as well. Apples would acquire their proper taste and forests would be full of berries.

There is another reason as well to look up to the skies right now.

Where are our young black storks with transmitters?

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sat, 08.09.2018 - 13:38

Screenshot from webcam UteL, LK forum

English translation Liis

Estonian text posted 01.09.2018

So the stork nest was left to wait for its nesters next year….


Black stork    Must-toonekurg        Ciconia nigra 


As the first of the young black storks Maru left the nest, on August 4th. About the nest life in between we have written in the news articles.

Karula and Päike left on migration on August 15th. Male Karl did not come to the nest later because he noticed the departure of the storklets and he was busy near one of them (Karula), at a watching distance as the transmitter data showed.

My first bear and my first lynx

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sat, 08.09.2018 - 13:19

Young bears in August on a forest sighting line. Curious!
Photo and text: Remo Savisaar


Estonian text posted by the Animal of the Year Team 01.09.2018
English translation Liis


My first encounter with a lynx took place 9 years ago, in the beginning of September. At that time I visited the Alam-Pedja nature conservation area quite often. At the time it seemed like paradise to me. I cannot remember a single empty visit, and each time excitement was sky-high. Whom will I meet today? I always saw some interesting mammal or winged creature. Roe deer, elks, foxes, raccoon dogs. I didn’t dare to dream much about larger creatures but I did think of lynxes. There were tracks and  there was hope!

VIDEOS: Family life and experiences

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Wed, 05.09.2018 - 13:33

Videos recorded by  Fleur, LK forum
English translation Liis


Estonian text posted 31.08.2018



Badger        Mäger        Meles meles


The offspring of the badger family this year should be about five months old. The female teaches the cubs behaviour and experiences that she herself has gathered over the years. She is busy with the cubs most often in early evening and ever more often they go on discovery trips together.

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