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Elistvere female lynx has three kittens!

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Thu, 09.08.2018 - 09:24

ilves Elistveres

Elistvere lynx. There are still no photos of the three lynx kittens, two months old, in the Elistvere Animal Park. But since the kittens by now are big enough to move around more in the fold we will surely soon be able to show some delightful images. 
Photo: Tarmo Mikussaar

Estonian text posted by the Animal of the Year Team 01.08.2018
English translation Liis 


Looduskalendr in Vikerraadio: Ladybird

Submitted by Looduskalender on Wed, 08.08.2018 - 22:04

The author, Kristel Vilbaste, also presents texts in Vikerraadio.

Photo: Urmas Tartes

Translation into English by Maret 

Estonian text posted 24.07.2018

Seitsetäpp-lepatriinud joovad põldohaka mahla

Seven-spot ladybirds drinking the nectar of a creeping thistle

thistle We keep hearing from Pärnumaa (a county on the west coast of Estonia - M.), that the seaside is thick with ladybirds and the question is: what is causing this unprecedented occurrence?

People, who have frequented seasides know, that ladybirds by the seaside are not really such a rare happening. I remember well, that the year before I started school, I played with ladybirds on the beach at Kabli, and that all the beach dunes, bigger rocks and the tips of the reeds were full of them. When a tall wave happened to roll in, it was coloured red with ladybirds.

Looduskalender in Vikerraadio: Who is in the camera?

Submitted by Looduskalender on Wed, 08.08.2018 - 22:00

The author, Kristel Vilbaste, also presents texts in Vikerraadio

Photos: members of LK forum

Translation into English by Maret

Estonian text posted 25.07.2018

Every year in July there are unusual things happening. For example a white-tailed eagle will come to Kütiorg to show off her nestling from this spring, Or I see a black stork flying over my car in the middle of the day.

Past are the months, where big birds were hiding in their nests, away from humans by all means. They were keeping their offspring in secret.

During the summer we were able to see them only with the help of the cameras, that had been placed by their nests by the Looduskalender staff.

Kotkaperekond tegutseb läheduses, linde on nii kuulda, kui näha

Looduskalenderin Vikerraadio: Swan flower

Submitted by Looduskalender on Tue, 07.08.2018 - 21:54

The author, Kristel Vilbaste, also presents texts in Vikerraadio

Photos by Arne Ader

Translation into English by Maret

Estonian text posted 19.07.2018


Swan flower

Fireweed has stretched open its long cluster of flowers and already its topmost tuft is blooming. But the hairy hill willow-herb is only starting and coltsfoot is still just ripe for picking to relieve men’s health troubles.

Tall yellow pillars  -  mulleins  -  stretch themselves tall in meadows, both the yellow great or common mulleins and also the dark mulleins with their bluish bloom centres. However, their flatter and sparser counterpart, the common agrimony, is at the end of its blooming season.

Looduskalender in Vikerraadio: Dawn and Dusk

Submitted by Looduskalender on Mon, 06.08.2018 - 21:51

The author, Kristel Vilbaste, presents texts also in Vikerraadio

Translation into English by Maret

Photo Arne Ader

Estonian text posted 17.07.2018


Wild Rose (or Dog Rose)

Our loudest song birds have lost their power. The cuckoo has “caught a barley awn in its throat” (an old Estonian saying - M.)  -  flying over a field it’s no longer chased by an angry flock of birds. Even the nightingale has gone quiet, only the oriole is still whistling.

Right now the bird population presents a totally different sound to the world. The ones singing are mainly hedge sparrows and warblers. In addition, we can often hear some young birds’ cries for help: herons at the lake, owlets in the night or the young ones among a huge flock of starlings. But the oriole keeps whistling away and quite often its shrill sounds predict rain  -  and now the rain showers do keep coming very frequently.

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