Information from Estonian Environmental Board
Webcam image captured by Mutikluti, LK forum
Video recorded by Bea, LK forum
View from Wednesday morning of white-tailed eagle nest
For the symbols of Estonian primeval nature, the white-tailed eagles and golden eagles and the owls, the breeding period has started and the birds sit on eggs in the nests. The Environmental Board calls on all landowners, forest managers, hunters and all others who move in nature to support the peace during the breeding time of birds that are rare and very sensitive to environmental changes.
The Estonian Environmental Board (Keskkonnaamet) reminds all who are active in nature of the need to ensure peace during their breeding period for the birds of prey that have started their breeding as well as all other species during the most important period of their life. For the protection of the permanent habitats of eagles and other protected species there are rules for conduct and the Environmental Board has informed the landowners about these. The boundaries of areas closed to humans in order to protect endangered and rare species can be seen on the web map for of the Estonian Nature Observations Database.
"In the short term now it is sensible to stop all intense and severely disrupting economic activities on breeding areas during the breeding period, such as forest felling, hunting and adventure tourism. Obviously we humans would not want strangers making a racket in our children’s nursery. Let us guarantee this peace to our rare neighbours in nature too,“ Tõnu Talvi, Senior Conservation Specialist at the Environmental Board said.
Top predators are indicators of the good functioning and health of natural eco systems. Among birds they are our largest eagles, the white-tailed eagles and golden eagles, and the owls with their unique looks and mysterious way of life. The rarest among the latter are the eagle owl, boreal owl, Northern hawk-owl and pygmy owl. All eagles and owls breeding in Estonia are protected by law.
The above-mentioned eagle and owl species prefer natural landscapes little affected by humans. "The status of our powerful birds of prey with their particular way of life is a comparison and in places also a warning to humans about the quality of their living environment and the changes taking place there. By valuing these birds we also ensure our own future,” Tõnu Talvi emphasized.
Tawny owl Klaara who is brooding now must be fed by her mate Klaus during the incubation.
Tõnu Talvi, Senior Conservation Specialist at the Environmental Board