Our White storks from "Close to Storks" project - you can visit the website www.bociany.ec.pl
The nest is in Przygodzice village in Poland in South Wielkopolska region and the pair of our white storks' we call "Przygoda" and "Dziedzic".
It is the result of Internet voting of Forum participants. Female name, Przygoda, means "Adventure" in Poland. Dziedzic (male name) means "Landlord" or "Landowner". It is connected with great manor farm of Radziwiłł Princes, which gate are 30 meters from the nest.
PRZYGOda + dzieDZIC = plus minus PRZYGODZICE
I hope you will have nice time and nice observations.
About our project you can read by pdf article from the book "White Stork in Poland". The author of the text is Paweł T. Dolata - "Close to Storks" project co-ordinator:
Dolata P. T. 2006. “Close to Storks” – a project of on-line monitoring of the White Stork Ciconia ciconia nest and potential use of on-line monitoring in education and research. In: Tryjanowski P., Sparks T. H., Jerzak L. (red.). The White Stork in Poland: studies in biology, ecology and conservation. Bogucki Wyd. Nauk., Poznań: 437-448.
PwG OTOP, HOS-Hellas
Mrs Marina Parha and Mr George J. Reclos, the webmasters of portal MCH translate from Greek my reports for 2009 about our storks at portal MCH (http://www.mchportal.com/)
My small text in English about storks' from Przygodzice and some photos from the last days you can read and see at MCH portal:
http://www.mchportal.com/mch-land-mainm … -2009.html
PwG OTOP, HOS-Hellas
Although no one expected it so early, yesterday evening female laid her first egg; it was noticed on 11th April at 22:07.
Those who have not followed events in the nest during last days should know that the first stork that arrived on 6th April was a female. Two days later, on 8th April, a male stork joined her. The egg was laid then three days after male’s arrival and, of course, the first mating. It is rather unlikely that the laid egg was fertilized by him. Now, one can only speculate – whether the current male wasn’t her first mate, or the egg is simply non-fertilized. Time will show if the chick hatches from this egg.
13th April 2009, 22:10:53 - The second egg laid!
The above as well as three earlier videos can be found in the thread "Filmiki z gniazda" ("Short films from the nest"):
http://bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/viewto … 429#p13429
15th April, 2009 - We have the third egg!
The first presentation took place at 19:49:54. Unfortunately, today I missed a little bit and I have no record of that moment.
I recorded the second show, few minutes later, when dad came back and took over care of the triplets (below). We expect the next egg will be laid on 17th April evening.
Few first pics of three eggs are here: http://bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/viewto … 538#p13538
19 April 2009, 21:54 - fifth egg !
Pictures of five eggs here:
http://bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/viewto … 854#p13854
It's really enough, .... but who knows?
Last year we had also five eggs, all hatched, but the youngest chick had not survived. The remaining four storklets were very well fed and all fledged succesfully. But for parents it was a big effort, they were very concerned about their children, and at the end of the season both were quite thin.
A short news from „Teleskop” program of Polish TVP Channel 3 Poznań from 22nd April about „Close to Storks” project and about stork named Agressor, which attacked monitored nest on Sunday (19th April), was beatten by the male (= Dziedzic) and was injured during unfortunatelly falling on the roof under the nest.
After veterinary (Dr. Stanisław Kempa) help (anibiotics etc.) and feeding it, we try to release it, but it has serious problem with the wing and is unable to fly. Now is on rehabilitation in Dr. Kempa's garden.
You must click on the words Pobierz nagranie under the photo.
Paweł T. Dolata
Three photos of Aggressor stork, from 19th and 21st April:
http://www.pwg.otop.org.pl/index.php?fu … all&no=184
Paweł T. Dolata
Last year, when our website www.bociany.ec.pl appeared in international ranking of “Fat Birder’s Top 500 Website”, from the first days of our transmission from Przygodzice White Stork Nest we had achieved a very high position, and on 2nd June, 2008, even the first place among all worldwide web pages!
High position has been maintained for a long time, breaking the records of “traffic” time.
This year the audience ratings again are very good. On 15th April (the day of the 3rd egg laying), we achieved third position, maintaining it for several days, and then slightly dropping to the 4th position.
This is indeed very good result, taking into account that about 1000 pages from all over the world participate in this ranking!
Today, we take the fourth place and we hope that, as in the previous year, soon we will place higher.
Last days, it was a quiet time in Przygodzice. The storks are doing well and soon small chicks will appear. As you know, the first egg was laid on 11th April, 2009. Usually, hatching begins after 33-34 days. So, it will happen soon .
Meanwhile, you can still enjoy our two storks taking careful care of their eggs for a couple of days.
15th May, 2009
Today, two chicks hatched !!!
From yesterday evening holes were clearly visible in two eggs. This morning one shell began to crack, and few hours later the second one too. Finally, the first chick definitively left its shell at 15:15 video 1, and the second at 15:34 video 2 .
Photos of chicks' hatching you can find here:
http://bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/viewto … 890#p14890 and here:
http://bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/viewto … id=411&p=1
More videos here
Now, we are waitig for the third chick.
I am really surprised about the tempo in which these storks builds up their family.
Three fledglings in two days, this is unbelievable, I think, I have never experienced this before.
Hopefully everything will go on so easily.
16th May, 2009
We were also surprised but very happy that family of our storks is growing so fast.
The third chick completely liberated itself from the rest of the shell at 14:45: video
More videos here: http://bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/viewto … 043#p15043