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The juvenile black storks have left home. Where are they now?
The Eagle Club of Estonia has ten years experience of streaming Black Storks' nest life online (since 2007). An ever-increasing fan club has grown during that time and every year new people join the ranks of observers. Special forums about the webcams are established, where people can share their observations, photos and videos. You may be, or may become a member of this community.
Black Storks breed as far from human settlements as possible, therefore, watching them directly without a webcam is almost impossible. People who watch during the months of egg-lay, incubation, brooding, off-spring hatching, growing and finally fledging - they dream of following these juveniles after the nest life, when the chicks start to live their independent lives.
It is possible to install small transmitters on the almost grown-up chicks while they are still in the nest. This gives information about their movements after fledging, during their first migration to the south, and further.
But, as in nature it is, not all juveniles are strong and clever and lucky enough to survive. This is a rule in nature - stronger individuals may produce their offspring but we never know who is who, in the nest.
Therefore, observers need to be ready for bad news as well as good. Nevertheless, our beloved "kids" may not be the winners in natural selection
Everybody is able to follow Black Storks' (named Karl and Kati) nest life next season - since the beginning of April 2018 in Karula National Park, Estonia, (via http://www.looduskalender.ee/n/en) whether or not you want to support the current funding drive! To see about the breeding season 2017, you can visit forum site http://www.looduskalender.ee/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=878
The Eagle Club of Estonia has an ever-increasing fan club for its nest cameras.
It is possible to use the same tracker method for different species of juveniles leaving our webcam nests in Estonia. Much depends on the funding capacity. Nowadays there are safe tracking devices developed for majority of bigger bird species.
Many young black storks perish on their first migration. If only we had a way to track them, that would give us the information about where and why they perish. Sometimes, starvation is the cause. Sometimes, collision with power lines, or they are prey to a predator. Knowing what the dangers are will help to protect them in the future.
Thank you for helping to protect them.
Eagle Club of Estonia (Kotkaklubi)