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Piret the female from last year (wearing a very snazy small transmitter that had stopped transmitting so people were not sure if she was still alive or not) arrives just a bit late. I believe that Madis rejected the new upstart female for a couple of days.
The Estonian Ornithological Society chose the grey partridge, also known as the English partridge or Hungarian partridge, as bird of the year for 2013. This bird, who is the size of a small domestic hen, lives mainly in cultivated landscapes and can often be found near farmsteads, barns and other human settlements. In spite of that, not much is known about the life of grey partridges.
Petition to Estonian Government to take the poaching death of a White Tailed Eagle seriously. It is not that Estonia takes these crimes less seriously than other governments — eagle poachers are rarely caught and punished anywhere.
This eagle was hurt, treated and released and then illegally shot and the criminal or criminals who did this should be caught and punished.
This White Tailed Eagle eagle Nimeta, or No Name, was hurt, treated, healed and released and then found dead with lead shot in his body.
He was released with a transmitter so that scientists could track the survival of wild animals who have undergone rehabilitation. He appeared healthy and well fed aside from having been shot — just about a month after his release.
(In the next few weeks these three will be making their first journey from Estonia to Central or Southern Africa. Each of them will make this long journey on their own. Until they leave they are content to fly about, lounge, and beg their father to deliver more fishes.)