Long-legged Buzzards nestcam

IOC 20/03/2018 00:00



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22.4.18 - Clockwork Orange, nature's version


A Javelin Sand Boa returns to life and decapitation in the Buzzards nest.

2 nights ago the Eagle Owl brought a Javelin Sand Boa (Eryx jaculus) to the nest. The snake was nearly consumed by one of the Owlets but the snake was too much for the youngster which coughed it up. About an hour later the snake woke up and tried to escape. Sadly (for him) it was seen by the female Owl which "finished the job".

In the past 2 days the Owls have been busy, bringing 9-10 prey items nightly!


In the Buzzards nest the regular carnage continues. 2 poor Agama lizards were decapitated in front of the chicks and a Rock Hyrax that was consumed completely, besides its head.






15.4.18 - Thousands of Storks. Live.


Last Thursday (12.4.18) thousands of migrating White Storks landed in the Nestcam area. Impressive numbers were captured by our cameras!

The Short-toed Eagles were not fazed by the visitors, the Buzzards on the other hand did not seem to like the idea that so many large birds are passing through their backyard.

The female protected the chicks while the male was busy chasing away the "rude" visitors to the territory. We hope the Storks were not offended and we wish them a safe journey north.

Keep following the live stream as we wait for interesting prey items, and they will come.






3.4.18 - Welcome to the world chick no. 3


This morning at around 3:00 AM the 3rd Buzzard chick successfully hatched. During the morning all 3 little ones emerged from under their mom and had some pigeon and mole meat for breakfast.

Every season we are exposed to acts of aggression from the larger chicks towards their siblings. This is healthy expression of survival instincts but can also lead to tragic results (Cainism or Siblicide is when older chicks kill their younger siblings in the nest). Cainism is sadly one of the consequences of unsynchronized hatching of the eggs in many raptor species. Hopefully we will not need to elaborate further in this topic.

We are still expecting the last egg to hatch sometime tomorrow evening, fingers are crossed for all 4 youngsters.





1.4.18 - Welcome chick no. 2


While excitement is still high from the first hatch the second chick hatched this afternoon, about 50 hours after its older sibling.

The little one already enjoyed some bits of Pigeon, Agama Lizard and Skink meat and both youngsters are healthy and active. We are still waiting on two more eggs to hatch and keeping our fingers crossed for the growing family.





30.3.18 Welcome to the world chick no. 1  


We are pleased to welcome the first chick of the Long-legged Buzzard family!

It is commonly thought that incubating birds can hear the faint squeaking of chicks in the egg and the knocking from within. So yesterday evening when the female Buzzard left a pigeon and a mole by the nest we were fairly sure that hatching is imminent. Indeed following 35 days of incubation the first chick hatched in the middle of the night.

During the morning the wobbly chick enjoyed tiny bits of mole and pigeon meat which the female gently cut up for it.

In the upcoming days the Buzzard pair will feed the little guy and keep it warm while waiting for the other eggs to hatch. The eggs usually hatch a day and a half apart so fingers crossed the next chick should hatch tomorrow during the day. We are hopeful for successful hatch of the 3 remaining eggs.





5.3.18 - Eagle Owl strikes back.


Remember the Eagle Owl pair that nested near the Buzzards in 2016 and even tried to snatch a Buzzard chick? Well, they are back and they are not happy!

Turn up your speakers.


This year the Buzzards have once again chosen to nest on the cliff that is within the Owl territory, not a wise choice.

During the first week on the nest (before we started to broadcast) the Owl made an appearance almost every night and showed his disapproval of the guests. We hope this is not a bad omen for the rest of the season and hopefully we go through a full season without major clashes.





1.3.18 - They are back! And already on eggs!


We are happy to launch the 2018 Long-legged Buzzard Nestcam!

In spring 2016 we launched a unique project that gave millions of people from over 100 countries, the opportunity to get up close and personal with two of the most amazing raptors in Israel, Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) and Short-toed Eagles(Circaetus gallicus). The project was a great success and thanks to generous donations from our followers we decided to continue the project for another season!


During the winter when the Buzzards were in Africa we set up cameras at 2 potential nest sites and waited for the birds to return. The buzzards returned in December and in January finally started to patch up one of the nests. To our amazement sometime in mid- February the Buzzards decided to go back to the original nest site (from 2016) and built a new nest. On February 22nd they laid their first egg.


Using high tech online cameras we will broadcast 24/7 from the nest. We hope to capture another full cycle of incubation, hatching, rearing and finally fledging of healthy young Buzzards. Throughout the season (till May) we will post updates, info, clips and more from the most famous Buzzard family in the world! We are very excited to open another Nestcam season and invite the public to follow the live feed and experience first- hand the lives of these amazing birds.

We hope this season is as successful as the previous ones and wish the Buzzards the best of luck. Towards the end of the clip we see the male offering the female a Banded Centipede (scolopendra cingulate).



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