Rare stork nest goes online

Armchair ornithologists can stream a live feed of black storks nesting in central Poland.

This is a rare opportunity as the black stork is classified as an endangered species in Poland and the exact locations of their nests are kept confidential to protect the birds from potential harm.

The stream is available here.

Bird watchers can follow a couple of black storks that arrived in the central Poland at the end of March.

Cameras installed near the nest, which is situated 20 meters above ground, have shown that the birds are preparing for their young.

The females of this species usually lay eggs between April and May.

This particular nest has been the focus of a long-term study. Between 2003 and 2016, 39 black storks were hatched and left the nest.

The Black Stork educational project is a joint imitative of the Regional Łódź Division of the National Forests, the University of Łódź, and the Eagle Preservation Committee.

The current population of the black stork in Poland is estimated between 1,400 and 1,600 pair of birds.

The live stream will be available until fall, when the storks leave for Africa to spend the winter in a warmer climate.