SNN (ScrollingNetworkNews) ✿ ✿ Our Mel and Sydney returned to their nesting box with plenty of bonding occurring..but after 2.5 months of Sydney in the box from Dec 2013 to mid Feb 2014, the lack of prey gifts from Mel ( perhaps due to the severe and historic drought underway in California)and they have forgone the nesting process this year as many other raptors ✿ Compared to other owls of similar size, the Barn Owl has a much higher metabolic rate, requiring relatively more food. Pound for pound, Barn Owls consume more rodents – often regarded as pests by humans – than possibly any other creature. ✿ We remind viewers that sometimes owlets may not survive - the parents will dispose of things in "The Owl Way" -viewer discretion is advised, this is nature and the "Owl way". ✿ ~ ✿ “Animals, like us, are living souls. They are not things. They are not objects. Neither are they human. Yet they mourn. They love. They dance. They suffer. They know the peaks and chasms of being.” ― Gary Kowalski, The Souls of Animals ✿ Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius." ~ E.O. Wilson

Friday, June 22, 2012

Estonia Osprey

By far one of the best cameras streaming this year. they are so clear and you feel like you are viewing 3D

Within the joint Estonian and Latvian activities (ESTLAT Eagles Cross Borders) osprey nest cameras were installed in three locations this year -- two in Estonia and one in Latvia. In Estonia they managed to get the cameras in the forest working on April 6th and 7th. Both Estonian osprey nest cameras were installed at artificial nests built within the ESTLAT Eagles project. The Osprey 2 camera nesting territory is known as one of the oldest and most successful in South Estonia. Last year the ospreys built a new nest here. However, with the autumn storms it fell down from the tree and so they built an artificial nest in the same tree in winter. After the camera installation in spring it turned out that the same pair had another nest as well, about 400 meters away, and this year they are using that.

The first osprey nest is also an artificial nest that we have built about 200 meters away from the previous year's broken-down nest. Last year this pair had two young (while this year they have three.) When they saw the camera image for the first time on April 19th the male was already at the nest and on April 23rd the female arrived.
They are on EEST (Eastern European Summer Time)