I’m pleased to announce that this photo was awarded the title “highlight” in the Asferico international nature photo competition in animal portrait category. Other awarded photos can be seen on the link below. Overall winner of the competition will be announced on 3rd of May in Italy. http://www.asferico.com/concorso/gallerie/e_galleria2013.htm
Kingfishers decided to make nest to this sandstone wall like they did last year. Fortunate for them as the sandstone wall collapsed during the best breeding season. It remains mystery how the kingfishers knew it coming. Hopefully they will be back next year.
Northern Hawk-Owls (Surnia ulula) are rare in Estonia. There are only 4 known nestings, first one dating back more than 100 years. During winter some birds visit us from northern countries if it gets too cold in their home.
About a month after leaving the nest the young kingfisher is looking almost like adult, but darker chest and legs reveal that it is still a juvenile. Already a master in fishing the young kingfisher focuses on river to find something for the dinner.
Estonia, July 2011