Successful breeding of Pallid Harriers in the Netherlands

20. July 2017

The Pallid Harrier is a rare species in Europa and regularly only breeds in Ukraine and Russia.

In 2017 a pair has successfully nested in the Netherlands and raised 4 young (all females).

This is the first successful breeding of a Pallid Harrier in Western Europe.

It will be interesting to see if the birds return next year and if other birds join them or if this was an single and local event.

More information incl. a video can be found on Mark Avery’s blog:
Pallid Harriers nest successfully in The Netherlands

New book: A Fieldworker’s Guide to the Golden Eagle

4. July 2017

In this new book about the Golden Eagle, the author describes his experience of decades of watching Golden Eagles in the UK. In great detail he explains what he has seen and why he thinks that existing knowledge of Golden Eagles often does not show the complete picture.

The book covers the behaviour and the activities of Golden Eagles throughout the year and explains what people studying Golden Eagles should keep in mind when seeing (or not seeing) the birds and how to interpret their observations.

The book explains how hard it often is to interpret the behaviour of the eagles when seen in the field and questions existing knowledge about the species.

Often the “Fieldworker’s Guide to the Golden Eagle” is about the personal experience and opinion of the author. There is of course nothing wrong with that but I would have preferred more scientific references and a more scientific writing style.

Overall this is an interesting addition to your library if you study Golden Eagles, particularly in the UK. But make sure to read other, more scientific books and publications as well, in order to get a more complete picture of Golden Eagle ecology.

Publisher’s Website about the book:
A Fieldworker’s Guide to the Golden Eagle ,

Another review about the book can be found on the BTO’s website.

Make sure to read Jeff Watson’s book on Golden Eagles:
The 2nd edition of Jeff Watson’s book (2010) is (by far) the most comprehensive book on Golden Eagles published so far and the one book that you must have to understand the Golden Eagle. It has many scientific references and, although also with a focus on the UK, it also describes Golden Eagle studies across its range and also compares the Golden Eagle with other Aquilla eagles like the Eastern Imperial Eagle or the Wedge-tailed Eagle.

A review of Jeff Watson’s book by Ian Carter can be found here:
The Golden Eagle (2nd edn), by Jeff Watson

New German book about the Lesser Spotted Eagle

9. April 2017

The Deutsche Wildtierstiftung has recently published a new book about land management for the Lesser Spotted Eagle. The species a one of the rarest raptors in German and only occurs in the north-east with around 100 pairs.
Land management plays a crucial rote for its conservation. The Lesser Spotted Eagle cannot live in intensively managed agricultural areas and without forests.

The book can be ordered here. Price is 10.90 Euros.

Buchveröffentlichung „Schreiadler-gerechte Landnutzung“

2016 was a record year for the Eastern Imperial Eagle in Austria

24. February 2017

The Eastern Imperial Eagle was completely extinct in Austria until the species came back in 1999.
Since then the population has increased despite problems like electrocution or illegal persecution.

2016 was the best year so far and 18 pairs successfully raised 31 young, 11 more than in 2015.
This is a big step forward for the conservation of this fascinating eagle.

More information in German:
Rekordjahr für Österreichs Kaiseradler

Also see this interview:
Interview with Matthias Schmidt (Birdlife Austria) about CORO-SKAT (Conservation Of Raptors and Owls)

11 Griffon Vultures fledged in Bulgaria in 2016

10. September 2016

The reintroduction project for the Griffon Vulture in Bulgaria has had a successful year 2016.
11 young vultures fledged in this year’s breeding season.

In south-west Bulgaria there haven’t been any young Griffon vultures for more than 50 years until one checked fledged in 2015.
The 11 chicks for this year are a significant increase and a huge success for the whole project.

The re-establishment of Griffon Vultures in Bulgaria is very important for the future of Griffon Vultures in Europe which are (except for Spain) very rare or absent from formerly occupied territories.

For more information see the announcement by the Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna:
The Griffon Vulture is again part of the Balkan Mountain and Pirin in Bulgaria after 60years of absence

New interview with Peter Dare about the ecology and conservation of the Common Buzzard

1. January 2016

I am happy to announce a new interview with Peter Dare about the ecology and conservation of the Common Buzzard. Peter talks about the ecology and conservation of this fascinating raptor, his research over many decades and his new book “The Life of Buzzards” (which I highly recommend to everyone interesting in this fascinating raptor).

The interview can be found here:
Interview with Peter Dare about the ecology and conservation of the Common Buzzard”>

More information about Peter’s book can be found here at the publisher’s website:
The Life of Buzzards

Owl are coming to europeanraptors.org

22. November 2015

Although not closely related from an evolutionary point of view, owls are often ecologically similar to raptors. And some owls strongly interact with diurnal raptors via competition or even predation. For example, the Eurasian Eagle Owl can be a powerful predator of most European raptors species and also other owls.

For this reason, and because owls a very interesting birds, I’ve added species accounts for the owls. Currently they are empty but content is coming soon. Make sure to come back regularly.

I’ll first start working on the Eurasian Eagle Owl and Ural Owl.

New German book about the Eurasian Scops Owl

22. November 2015

Gerald Malle and Remo Probst have recently published a German book about the ecology and conservation of the Eurasian Scops Owl with a focus on Austria and Carinthia (a federal state in the south of Austria at the Slovenian and Italian border).

This is the most comprehensive book currently available on the species. Before that book, Remo Probst had already written or edited several other fantastic books on the Eurasian Hobby, White-tailed Eagle and Great Grey Shrike. This book is a must for anyone interested in the Eurasian Scops Owl in particular as well as owls in general.

The book can be ordered here:
Naturwissenschaftlicher Verein für Kärnten
Museumgasse 2
A-9021 Klagenfurt
E-mail: nwv@landesmuseum-ktn.at
Fax: 050/536/30597
Tel. 050/536/30574

More information about the conservation project can be found here:

Artenschutzprojekt Zwergohreule

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3 new Spanish books about raptors and owls in Europe

15. November 2015

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Three new books (written in Spanish) are currently being written with the first volume already available. The 1st book covers the European eagles, the 2nd book the remainig raptors and the 3rd book is about the European owls.

The first volume is called “Aves de Presa – Las Águilas de España y Europa” and covers the european eagles.

The book are a mix of great pictures and interesting text. I will publish a short review once I have a copy in my hands.

Aves de Presa – Las Águilas de España y Europa

Book review: The Life of Buzzards by Peter Dare

20. September 2015

A well written book on the ecology and behaviour of the Common Buzzard has long been missing. But not anymore.

With “The Life of Buzzards” Peter Dare has written a wonderful book on that fascinating species.
Although often ignored by bird watchers because the species is now common in many places, the Common Buzzard is a fascinating bird and shows a lot of interesting behaviour (just image the wonderful courtship displays with undulating flights similar to a Golden Eagle).

A lot of research has been done in recent decades on the ecology and behaviour of the Common Buzzard. The author of this new book has been studying Common Buzzards himself for many decades.

The book has about 300 pages and describes in detail the author’s studies and how the Buzzard’s life changes during the different seasons from winter to autumn.

In 15 chapters the book covers breeding biology, territory, dispersal, population dynamics and much more. A huge portion of the book is devoted to the diet and feeding ecology of the Common Buzzard – which, unlike many people believe, eats more than just voles.

The last chapter covers the decline and subsequent recovery of the Common Buzzard in the UK. The species is now much more common in the UK that it used to be and it has recovered many areas where it was absent for decades.

Although the main focus of the author’s studies have been Buzzards in the UK, the book also covers buzzard studies in other countries like Germany and Poland. This is a great bonus to the book as there are of course differences in climate, landscape or prey species across Europe and by including research from other countries the author manages to paint a much broader of ecology of Common Buzzards.

The book is very well written in an English that easy to understand. It is not a dry scientific book, but still scientifically accurate, and the text clearly shows the admiration Peter Dare has for his study subject.

Whittles Published has published several great raptor books over the last years. This is my favorite so far and I highly recommend it to everyone interested in Common Buzzards in particular but also in raptors or birds in general.

More information about the book can be found on the Publishers Website:
The Life of Buzzards