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Watching Oriental stork online

19 april 2018
A pair of Oriental storks has settled down in the nest equipped with a live stream video camera! Set in early April it shares the beautiful life episodes of two rare birds.

Being more secretive compared to its European cousin Oriental stork builds nests in remote places hidden from people. That is why such a video observation was impossible to set up earlier.

Watch the Oriental stork online

“Data received from the online camera will help the environmentalists to monitor the Oriental stork during the whole breeding period, to research birds’ behavior in the nest, how they hatch the eggs, what food they eat and how they care about chicks, as well as a lot more other things that we never knew before. And what is more exciting is that now bird lovers can watch and follow stork’s life, because video streaming is in open access.” – comments Anna Barma, Ph.D., coordinator of protected areas projects of WWF Russia Amur branch, coordinator of stork survey in the Amur River basin.

The camera was fixed as a part of the project “Save the Oriental Stork Together” by the specialists of partner NGO AmurSEU and the Federal Generating Company with the support of WWF Russia and HSBC Bank in one of the stork’s nests near Tambovka village, Amurskaya Province. It is mounted on the electric power pole 20 meters above the ground. This nest is five years old.

Right now storks are reconstructing their nest and soon they will start laying eggs. It is possible to watch over the family life of Oriental storks at the information portal of the Amur-Heilong ecoregion AmurInfoCenter.

Watch the Oriental stork online
“This camera is an experimental one. While fixing it, we in the first place wanted to test new technology in practice, and to be honest, we doubted that it would work. Apart from technical details we worried that storks could never inhabit this nest seeing the suspicious thing in it. And we are happy we made it! Next year we plan to set another camera in the nest on a tree, to understand if there are any differences in bird behavior nesting on different types of supports, — comments Yury Gafarov, wildlife biologist, director of NGO AmurSEU.

The camera is streaming around the clock and powered by solar battery. The first observations showed that storks are not disturbed by the camera and are busy with their daily routine.

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