White Storks in Poland in real time

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    I’ve received email from Eva Stets, South Wielkopolska Group of Polish Society for the Protection of Birds (PwG OTOP), re a webcam at a White Stork nest in Poland; you can visit website, and see the birds in real time.

    From the email:

    The „Close to Storks” project, based on the White Stork’s nest observation by Internet, is conducted since March 2006 by the South Wielkopolska Group of Polish Society for the Protection of Birds – BirdLife International partner in Poland. Monitored nest is located in Przygodzice village (51.35 N, 17.49 E) in Wielkopolska region, near the border of „Barycz Valley” Landscape Park and Special Protected Area of Natura 2000 European ecological network.

    The aim of the project is show to the public the nesting period of the White Stork – species which is a non-formal sign of Poland (Polish population – about 40.000 breeding pairs – represents 20% of the total world population). The project’s title means not only technical possibility of non-stop, close monitoring of the nest, but also establishing the emotional relation of the observers with the storks.

    The camera has absolutely no influence for the stork’s behaviour and does not interrupt their life. In 2006-2009 seasons the storks laid 5 eggs, in 2006-2008 – 3, 2 and 4 nestlings left the nest.

    Online transmission is realized in several options to choose from according to observers’ needs and technical possibilities. Transmission with the view refreshed every 7 seconds is available on http://www.bociany.ec.pl, on http://www.bociany.ittv.pl – the streaming view (25 frames per second), and also the streaming view for mobile phones (20 frames per second) is accessible.

    The number of transmission viewers was estimated for 1.5, 3 and 5 millions in 2006-2008, coming from more than 100 countries each year. Besides Poland, the biggest numbers were from: United Kingdom, Germany and France from Europe; USA, China, Pakistan, Taiwan, Korea, India, Japan and from the rest of the world.

    – the quoted text here is by Paweł T. Dolata„ Close to Storks” project co-ordinator


    Email from Eva:

    At 29 V 2009 one (the small,  storks was died)  and at 31 V died the second, more big.

     It was not finish for bad luck in our nest.


    The last days was difficult with cold and rain. If somebody looking live http://www.bociany.ec.pl  at Monday (1 VI 2009), you can know how it was.

    On the 1st June, was very close to happen next big problem in our nest, which, fortunately, had been avoided. Late afternoon, at 17:25, mum brought to the nest a long, thin [pig’s small intestine]. Two chicks tried to eat the skin strip, each from the other end. None of them could take the remaining part from the other, or to cough up the part that was stuck in his throat. In this way, the chicks were joined together for more than two and a half hours and there existed a serious threat of suffocation.

    Paweł Dolata, the project coordinator  and Wojtek Kaźmierczak, helped by the firefighters with their fire engine equipped with lift, carried out very rapid rescue action at 20:00. Pawel and Wojtek entered into the nest and two chicks got relief from the unfortunate food. They also have removed the dead chick from the nest.



    Now we hope for all the 3 our storks everything will be good.

    Here’s a shot by Eva, taken during the rescue operation [after chicks saved from choking]:

    white stork chick rescue operation



    The last days the weather in Poland is not so nice for our Storks, with rein and cold is difficult time…but the tree small going well and it is good.
    They are now very bigger than 10 days ago, stay on the legs (sometime not so good), but they try to do it very well.

    You can see big differences in the photo – and this what is good that now they will change day by day as well you can see at: http://www.bociany.ec.pl

    Best regards
    Eva Stets

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    The time is going so quickly and now our storks change so much from the small storks one moth ago.
    Few days before our Naming Contest was ended and we choose the names for them.
    Three names that have received the largest number of votes, from among ten names selected by the project team, are:

    Zosia, Barycz, Czwartak

    – Zosia (Zofia) is traditional Polish name for girl, Zofia’s day is 15th May, when first two small was hatched.

    – Barycz is the name of the river (tributary to Oder) near Przygodzice, their wet meadows are feeding our stork. Barycz Valley is important Bird Area and Special Protected Area of Natura2000 ecological network.

    – Czwartak means the fourth nestling (according to the time of birth from all 5 hatched), but it was also the name for very brave and famous soldiers of 4th Infantry Regiment during November Uprising against tsar’s Russia in 1830-1831.

    We hope at Saturday 27 VI 2009, about 12.00 (time in Poland) to ring and measure our storks (depend the weather may be on Sunday).

    So we invite you to see it on-line in : http://www.bociany.ec.pl page.

    With best regards from
    Paweł T. Dolata
    South Wielkopolska Group of the Polish Society for the Protection of Birds (PwG OTOP)
    coordinator of „Close to Storks” PwG OTOP project



    Hi, once more!

    Our three young storks: Zosia, Barycz, and Czwartak, were ringed on 27 VI 2009. The ringing action started shortly after 12 AM (CET). It could be carried thanks to the help of local volunteer fire-fighting unit, which agreed to share their car (together with the crew) with the special “crane”. However, there was a danger that the fire engine may be mired down in the wet meadow ground, because for many days there were heavy rains in Poland. But, fortunately, everything went smoothly.

    The project coordinator, Pawel T. Dolata, who is also the professional bird ringer, approached to the nest on the crane and took down all storklets. Just before that, the parent gone on the nearby roof and from there watched the event.

    On the ground storks were weighed, measured (beaks and wings), and then black-white rings, ELSA type, were attached to their legs over knees. Ringing has been done on the ground under the nest, because it is safer for young storks, and it is much easier to check if any dangerous things there are in the nest – strings, fishing line, etc. When all these operations were completed, storklets had been taken to the nest again, and for some time they still played to be “dead”. The action lasted 31 minutes and after next 25 minutes adult stork joined her children.

    More photos you can see here (page 1 and 2): http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/viewtopic.php?pid=17632#p17632

    To see a short videos from the how it was you can click: here

    From several days all three storklets actively exercise their wings preparing for their first flights. Time passes quickly and soon they begin to fly, and in the first decade of August they leave the nest to fly to Africa.

    Welcome to watch them with us on http://www.bociany.ec.pl/ !

    Best regards
    Eva Stets & Lucyna Ciesielska



    Strange White stork in our nest http://www.bociany.ec.pl


    The last two nights (14/15 and 15/16 July) we have very strange and interesting situation – one adult, alien stork spent these nights on the monitored nest in Przygodzice, together with 3 our nestlings, when both their adults stayed all the nights on the neighbouring chimney, their normal summer roosting place. In both mornings alien stork flow away from the nest in early morning, polish time (15.7 on 4.12 am, 16.7 on 4.40 am), after attacks of young and adult storks.

    According to the ELSA type ornithological ring number (resighted by the telescope this morning by Janina Bartuzi, Wojtek Kaźmierczak and me), we know that alien stork is an adult stork called „Aggressor” with interesting story – it unsuccessfully attacked our nest in April, after the beatting by one of our adults and falling on the roof under the nest was injured in the breast and wing. After veterinary consultation by Vet. Dr Stanisław Kempa and a first trying of releasing, „Aggressor” spend two weeks of rehabilitation on the garden od Dr Kempa in Ostrów Wielkopolski town (ca 8 km N from Przygodzice), with two other storks unable to fly. Dr Kempa is delivering them the food, but they are free in the garden. „Aggressor” flow away itself from the garden on 15th May.

    As we see, he return to Przygodzice nest as the „Guest” more than „Aggressor” now

    Let’s observe our nest this and the next nights, maybe Guest/Aggressor will come to the nest too!

    Best regards
    Paweł T. Dolata
    Coordinator of „Close to Storks” PwG OTOP project


    White Stork in Poland – live – http://www.bociany.ec.pl

    Few more words to last post (read up the story with the strange stork):

    The Aggressor don’t come the last two nights to our nest, so as you can see – the storks are quite. We cannot to know if the strange stork will come back again (but it is possible).

    Down is some photos how they try to throw the strange, adult stork. It was at 16 VII early morning.
    You can see also the action in short video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccBWnqEJaCw

    By the way – our youngs is ready to fly. They are now in 10 week from the day when first was hatched. So is good to try to see them, may be you will have the luck to see the first fly of them.

    Best regards
    Eva Stets

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    Hi one more time!

    19 July 2009, after 12.00 PM we note our storks to fly for first time. It was really a short time flight, but the bird was out from the nest more than 2 minutes.
    For longer time flights we are waiting day by day to see slowly all the storks to fly and after…empty nest.
    Enjoy them in: http://www.bociany.ec.pl as they are stil in the nest.

    Best regards
    Eva Stets

    1 – Some photos from the initial flights you can see here: http://bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/viewtopic.php?pid=18422#p18422
    2 – On 19 July the Aggressor came at the evening but one from the parents throw him out quickly immediately.
    3 – Down are photos taken on 20 July, when the youngs try to test their wings strenth.

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    Excellent news, Eva

    Hope they fly well; make it to Africa, and arrive back in the area next spring.

    Thanks a lot for posting the info!



    To finish our strork story from Przygodzice for 2009.

    Here are a few infos about some significant events of the end of the 2009 season.

    25th July – all the storklets were flying (the nest was empty for a longer time).

    1st and 2nd August – the meeting (rally) of enthusiasts of storks was held in Przygodzice, in which, in addition to the organizers and speakers, many storks’ fans from different parts of Poland participated. Below, a link to the gallery PWG OTOP, where one can see photos from the rally: http://www.pwg.otop.skygroup.pl/galeria/galeria.php?kategoria=20&album=100&start=0

    9th August – early morning two young storks were seen in the nest for the last time. Then, they probably joined other youngsters from various local nests gathering somewhere on the meadow in a large group before leaving for Africa.

    25th August – at 7:51 – the last (adult) stork, flew away

    Down one photo, from Poland, from our meeting in Przygodzice.

    Best regards to all from our team :)



    Email just in from Eva, re 2010 breeding season just beginning. I've started new thread for this, at:


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