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Watch it live: Hatching of endangered Oriental stork caught on camera
06 may 2019
Two baby storks hatched in the Amur River basin last Sunday. The nest was situated on a power pylon on the edge of a wetland but ornithologists along with bird-watchers from different cities were able to witness it due to online translation. These were the first two eggs of oriental storks to hatch live!
«The nestlings look a bit ridiculous with there big heads but they will grow bigger and more elegant». – says the head coordinator of conservation projects Anna Barma. – «They still need mother care. But this is a very important day for us. From now we can start our online reality about raising baby storks».
Oriental storks are not that easy to observe – they prefer remote places for nesting and don’t like to live close to people. So to have a look at them you have to spend hours without a movement, sitting or lying very still close to the nest. Otherwise, you use cameras.
Ornithologists in the Amur River basin has 6 cameras around 4 nests, all streaming online.
«At the end of April one of the nest, that has become home to baby storks recently, was in danger. There was a wildfire that destroyed habitats of dozens of spices across the wetland. Oriental stork and its nestlings would have perished too if it chooses to settle on a tree», - said Anna.
Trying to save their chicks and the future of population storks get higher and arrange nests on power pylons. People who operate transmission lines, see the storks as wreckers and destroy the nests. To save endangered birds WWF activists build up artificial nests – as high power pylons and even safer. Putting cameras around storks’ homes can help ornithologists to figure out if there is any difference between raisins baby storks on a tree or in a human-made nest.
The Oriental stork is one of the rarest birds in the Russian Far East. It is endangered and listed in the Red book of the Russian Federation, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and Annex I of the Convention on international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora (CITEC). This far eastern species breeds only in the Amur-Heilong river basin and winters on plains of the Yangtze River in China. As the final link of the food chain, the Oriental stork is an indicator of the well-being of the Amur freshwater ecosystems.
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