Black Storks Nesting – Estonia

You are watching a mating pairs of Black Storks located in Estonia. The bedding is made mostly of sticks mixed with green moss. They are wild storks. Eggs are laid every two days during April to early May. Incubation varies between 28-34 days. Both parents incubate the eggs. Incubation starts after the last egg is laid. The parents keep their young shaded and protected until about 2-3 weeks after they hatch.  The young start standing up in the nest at about 4 weeks of age and fledge at 8-9 weeks old.


2021 – 1st egg – 4/24/21 2nd egg – 4/26/21 3rd egg – 4/28/21 4th egg – 4/30/21. 1st and 2nd egg hatched on 5/28/21. 3rd hatched on 5/30/21. One egg broke during incubation. The chicks were fitted with satellite transmitters on July 9 and fledged during the week of the 8/4/21. Two reached their wintering grounds in Africa. One unfortunately did not and was taken by a predator.

2022 – Karl II first visited the nest on April 8th and Kaia on April 12th. 4 eggs laid. All eggs hatched around 5/30/22.

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Lin
Lin
41 minutes ago

All four still there. Maybe tomorrow!

Pella
Pella(@pella)
8 hours ago

Ok you beautiful storks.. get flapping those wings and some air beneath your feet.. Perhaps ESP can reach them. If not my 08-08-2022 fledge date is missed,

Lin
Lin
21 hours ago

Aug. 6 Parent arrives on nest a little after 18:34 deposits food then leaves a little after 18:35. Parent had tag on leg so I’m assuming was 716C. Dunno if male or female parent.

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Lin
Lin
22 hours ago

Aug. 6, 18:22 and 23 Cam date and time.
Storklet 718W can be seen being aggressive toward some siblings esp. youngest 718X who was lying down and endured being stepped on and beak sparring. To the point that 718X finally got into a sit and moved. They all seem hungry. As older sibs get even bigger and most likely grab more of the food, I worry youngest may not get enough.

Lin
Lin
22 hours ago
Reply to  Lin

Photo of 718W aggressive toward younger 718X. This did not appear to be grooming. 718W very animated on nest, going after another sib as well but mostly 718X.

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Lin
Lin
21 hours ago
Reply to  Lin

Another photo of what looks like some dominance behavior? This is 718W atop 718X and bonking its beak against sibs beak.

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Lin
Lin
23 hours ago

Considering adult males are larger than females, in looking at pics of both parents on nest, it looks like the parent tagged 716 C is larger.