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Rainbows, rainbows

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Tue, 21.08.2018 - 13:01

Rainbow photo without filters sent by   Allar Maaring

English translation Liis


Estonian text posted  20.08.2018

Leisi Rainbow

The changes between sunshine and showers bring many rainbows into the sky.

A rainbow is  an optical phenomenon – refraction, reflection and diffraction of light in water droplets. The eye of a human distinguishes between red, orange, yellow, green, blue, dark blue and violet. Sometimes we  see several rainbows, or secondary  rainbows with reversed colours above the main rainbow.

Rainbows develop only when the sun is not higher on the horizon than 400.

Neighbour of lynx - Red-breasted flycatcher

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Tue, 21.08.2018 - 12:49

Red-breasted flycatcher male 
Photo: Remo Savisaar

English translation Liis

Estonian text posted 19.08.2018 by the Animal of the Year Team

I would like to introduce to you a less well known but eye-catching neighbour of the lynx. A bird that I hear or see often when moving along lynx paths: the red-breasted flycatcher. Of our four flycatchers it is the most forest-loving. The fact that I hear and see it does not mean that it occurs everywhere. Old mixed spruce forests are its favourites, and always such where you find dead trees and also windfalls. It shares the preferences with the lynx!

One crane pair left nesting really late this summer

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sun, 19.08.2018 - 12:32

Text  Sibelle Lee

Photos Virge Võsujalg

Comments Aivar Leito, “Uncle Crane“

English translation Liis


Estonian text posted 17.08.2018


Such a crane chick was brought to us

On July 14th the Imeloomade Selts, a society that helps wild animals in distress, received a call that in the Kaelas village in Pärnu  County a lonely crane chick had appeared in the farm yard.

The neighbourhood had been searched but adults to whom to return their offspring was not to be found anywhere.

The wildlife helpers expected a half-metre tall angry fighter such as young cranes may be at this time. The surprise was great when the bird was handed to them across the gate in a small box. 

And really, it was a crane chick about one week old. The chick was in good health, well fed and not injured.

Glossy black berries in tree

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 17.08.2018 - 10:42

Photos Arne Ader
English translation Liis

Estonian text posted 10.08.2018


Bird cherry berries


Bird cherry    Harilik toomingas       Padus avium

From the flowers that were pollinated during the flowering time of the bird cherry black and glossy berries have ripened by now.


Bird cherry berries are quite edible: taste sourish, with a high Vitamin C content and quite good for the body. But they are rich in tanning compounds, making the mouth feel ”thick” on eating.

VIDEO: Departure now?

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Thu, 16.08.2018 - 10:56

Screenshots from webcam UteL, LK forum
English translation Liis


Estonian text posted 15.08.2018


Yesterday morning the storklets were in the nest as usual…


Black stork        Must-toonekurg       Ciconia nigra 



The young storks left on migration as usual a little before they were three months old. They did not go on discovery trips together and they left from the nest at different times and in different directions. And how do we know?

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