Podlasie. Nests Level Hard / Gniazda dla zaawansowanych

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Spotting it was very hard. Even when Kasia pointed out the exact direction we should be looking at, the search brought us more shame than effect. Couple of people continued to unproductively stare at thicket by the road. Still, we were unsuccessful.

Eurasian penduline’s nest differs entirely from other nests built by birds coming to Poland to breed. Pendulines usually hang them on thin tree branches, often quite high, even 10 meters over ground or water level. Thanks to this, they become nearly inaccessible for predators (also invisible for people, as it turned out). They build them from material they can find in their nearest surroundings – mostly down from willow or poplar trees. Entire construction is then strengthened with plant fibers.

A bird home, where the eggs are laid and where the nestlings are brought up, must be resistant to all kinds of atmospheric conditions like rain and strong wind blows. Only a true master of bird architecture is able to work such miracles.

Trudno go było dostrzec. Nawet gdy pani Kasia wskazała nam dokładne miejsce, poszukiwania przyniosły nam tylko więcej wstydu niż efektów. Kilka osób przez dziesięć minut wpatrywało się bezproduktywnie w zarośla przy drodze. Bezskutecznie.

Gniazdo remiza różni się całkowicie od gniazd innych ptaków wyprowadzających lęgi w Polsce. Remizy zawieszają je zazwyczaj na cienkich gałązkach drzew, niekiedy nawet na wysokości 10 metrów nad powierzchnią ziemi lub wody. W ten sposób stają się one niemal niedostępne dla drapieżników (oraz jak się okazało, również niemal niewidoczne dla ludzi). Budują je z materiałów, które znajdą w najbliższym otoczeniu, przeważnie z roślinnego puchu wierzby lub topoli, a konstrukcję spajają włóknami roślinnymi.

Ptasi dom, w którym składane są jaja oraz wychowują się pisklęta, musi być odporny na wszelkie warunki atmosferyczne jak deszcz oraz silne podmuchy wiatru. Takiego dzieła dokonać może jedynie prawdziwy mistrz ptasiej architektury.

 

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Here it is. An engineer. We called this bird Zorro, because of its characteristic black mask around its eyes. It wasn’t too interested in posing for the photos, spending most of the time of our visit inside the nest. We did not get invited to come inside while a penduline came out for only a brief moment to assess the danger we might be posing to it.

Should these few photos not be enough, you can watch the elaborate process of nest building HERE.

Oto i on. Inżynier. Ptaszek ochrzczony został przez nas ksywką Zorro, ze względu na charakterystyczną czarną maskę wokół oczu. Nie był zbytnio zainteresowany pozowaniem do zdjęć, a większość naszej wizyty spędził wewnątrz gniazda. Nie dostaliśmy zaproszenia do środka – remiz pokazał się tylko na chwileczkę by oszacować zagrożenie, będące udziałem grupy obcych.

Jeśli te kilka zdjęć to dla was za mało to misterny proces budowania gniazda możecie obejrzeć TUTAJ.

 

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36 thoughts on “Podlasie. Nests Level Hard / Gniazda dla zaawansowanych

  1. How fascinating! We have several birds here in the northern plains in Canada that weave complex nests this. My favourite is the Baltimore Oriole which weaves hanging baskets of various complexity that hang in the tree tops.

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    1. I looked it up, thanks! Indeed the nest looks similar. I believe one difference is the entrance, which Oriole builds on top of the nest. while penduline has one on a side.

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    1. Haha, I couldn’t really say – not an expert to comment on the number of species. Yet definitely Poland is quite diverse. Because of marches, lakes, rivers and natural forests there remains a variety of animals. As long as our current government doesn’t change it :/

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    1. It is! I was really amazed to see it, as it was a beautiful nest. You should know that females chose their males based on the quality of nests, hence I am sure this little guy has found his partner!

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    1. Yes, they are! What fascinates me the most is their ability to travel hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles, they would even come back to the same place every year and never lose their way…

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  2. With each post we are guaranteed to learn something new. The penduline was until now totally unknown to me by name and by description. I wonder if the penduline could be found elsewhere in Europe. By the way, my wife and I recently watched the 3 part documentary called Wild Canada. We would highly recommend to you and your wife to watch this great series on YouTube.

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    1. Thanks Peter! We love watching nature movies and documentaries like Planet Earth or Frozen Planet so I am sure we will enjoy this one as well. I believe that this type of penduline is nesting in central and northern Europe, while other species are also there all over the world.

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