VIDEO: Both nightjar chicks hatched

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Mon, 17.06.2019 - 09:01

Video recorded by Aita, LK forum
Estonian text posted 14.06.2019



Nightjar          Öösorr            Caprimulgus europaeus


Towards morning the second egg of the nightjars also hatched. Thus all took place on June 13 and 14.

The eggshells have been removed from the nest and at the end of the video we see the interaction between the newly hatched chick and the female bird.

Screencap from webcam  Michi, LK forum

Black stork camera works

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sun, 16.06.2019 - 09:41

Screencap from webcam  Liz, LK forum
Estonian text posted 15.06.2019

Who eats will grow


Black stork       Must- toonekurg      Ciconia nigra


Urmas Sellis visited the stork nest. The transmitter for the camera signal had changed direction in the stormy weather and this was corrected. Fortunately the tree where the transmitter  was installed in the tip had not broken. Not even the cables had to be repaired.

Since there is good reason to write today we can also note that the storklets will be a month old tomorrow; these three youngsters were all hatched on May 16

One chick left in greater spotted eagle nest

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sun, 16.06.2019 - 09:37

Screencap from  webcam  IceAge, LK forum
Estonian test posted 14.06.2019

Female  Tiiu feeding the only remaining chick in the nest


Greater spotted eagle          Suur-konnakotkas          Clanga clanga


Regardless of the number of eggs in the nest (sometimes they are even three) only one chick fledges (the fledging of two nestlings has been noted only once in Estonia). A pity but cainism is encoded in the life of greater spotted eagles.

Tiiu feeds the larger nestling with prey brought by male  Tõnn  – small rodents constitute about 3/4 , the remainder consists of birds as well as frogs.

Why does the black stork camera show no image?

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 14.06.2019 - 09:32

Screencap from webcam yesterday  Anne7, LK forum
Estonian text posted 13.06.2019

Image from nest camera from yesterday

Black stork           Must-toonekurg        Ciconia nigra


Yesterday heavy thunderstorms with strong winds raged in South Estonia.

It can be supposed that a nearby tree has broken: there is a connection to the camera but very slow, probably something has happened to the transmitter .

VIDEOS: The day of the Ura beavers and otters

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 14.06.2019 - 09:17

Text and illustrations  Tiit Hunt,

Estonian text posted 12.06.2019


The doings of the Ura beavers brought them into camera view already a minute past midnight. Shortly before three o’clock when the forest birds already woke up and started singing the beavers had been swimming, alone or two together, past the camera exactly 21 times –an active night. 

The water level had suddenly decreased in the pond and it can be  supposed that they worried about the condition of the dam about 50 meters away. During the next two hours the beavers came in camera view only five times so they were probably engaged in the dam construction. From five o’clock in the morning they were no longer to be seen, probably they were settling down to the day’s sleep … 

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