The golden eagle and the eagle-owl are the biggest birds of prey in our forests. The first hunts in the day-time, the latter in the twilight. It is a rare luck to see these birds.
The song of the
wood-grouse, the oldest bird, strikes its listener as very mysterious. An hour before
sunrise the forest is still in the dark, but the beautiful forester has already started
whispering and trilling. When the sun rises wood-grouses fly down to hold their nuptial
The goshawk's look is guarded and keen. And a pretty peaceful little goldfinch tries to stay away from such a neighbour.
A watchful but at the
same time cautious doe appeared on the path.
The sunrise brings
nature to life: amber-green dew sparkles on the heads of the polytricum common, quivering
of the butterfly's wings attracts the frog, the wild swan has swum out to the
grass-covered end of the forest lake.
low-lying banks of rivers and lakes woodcocks hold their funny fights. Each cock's dress
is inimitable. Often they scuffle hottly with each other flapping their light wings and
threatening the enemy with their beaks. But all this is a mere play, an imitation fight.
The hawk's little downy nestlings look like dandellions. But they grow quickly with every day showing more and more clearly the habits of a bird of prey.
To see an osprey with his wings extended over the nest and a golden eagle with a twig in his beak is a rare piece of luck. These birds are very rare in our parts. They are listed in the Red Book of disappearing species in Belarus.
Spring dances of cranes are a fascinating and unique show, a kind of an emotional spectacle which can be seen on a large upper swamp in the Prypiatski Preserve.
are born in summer and their mother has to go hunting more and more often.
lurked in the hollow of a tree and is watching the movements of a big forest cat. It is
better not to meet the lynx's eye.
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