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New book: 10 years with the Golden Eagles

10 years with the Golden Eagles

10 years with the Golden Eagles

What do you get when you spend 10 years watching what is arguably Europe’s most regal bird? You get to know this animal better than most and experience many great moments in it’s often secret life.
This is what Francesco Framarin, past director of the Gran Paradiso National Park, did with Golden Eagles in the Italian Alps. The great news for Golden Eagle enthusiasts is that he doesn’t keep his observations to himself, but has published a wonderful book about his observations.

The book is bilingual. The first part is in Italian, the second part is the English translation. At the end are some spectacular pictures, including series of pictures of a fight between a Golden Eagle and a Bearded Vulture.

The author reports his own observations mixed with reports from other researchers or park wardens in the Gran Paradiso National Park. Very interesting are the detailed excepts from his field notes.

The book covers the life of Golden Eagles including the eagle’s flight, territories, life as a pair, rearing the chicks, hunting and encounters with other eagles and other raptor species.

Highly recommend for everyone interested in Golden Eagles.

Book details:

10 anni con le aquile reali e qualche gipeto
10 wears with the golden eagles and a few bearded vultures
Francesco Framarin
ISBN: 978-88-89706-88-6
Publishers description of the book

Here you can find a phone number and email address of the publisher:
http://www.temieditrice.it/Sito/Home.html

New Spanish raptor book: Aves rapaces y conservación. Una perspectiva iberoamericana

Aves rapaces y conservación. Una perspectiva iberoamericana

Aves rapaces y conservación.
Una perspectiva iberoamericana

A new Spanish raptor book is now available. It’s title is Aves rapaces y conservación. Una perspectiva iberoamericana.
It covers raptor conservation in South America and Spain. It is written completely in Spanish.

Most of the content of the book is about about raptor conservation in neotropical America but there are also chapters relevant for Europe, for example about the reintroduction of the Bearded Vulture in Andalusia, rehabilitation centres or the work of the Eagle Conservation Alliance.

The case studies about the neotropical raptors cover several species of buzzards, the Crowned Solitary Eagle, Condors, the spectacular Harpy Eagle and more.
Many experiences from the Neotropics can also be applied to other parts of the world. For example, conservation strategies that work for Harpy Eagles can also work for African Crowned Eagles who are ecologically similar (although some changes to meet local problems will always be necessary) or for many other raptors.

Highly recommend for everyone who can read some Spanish and interested in raptor conservation.

You can order the book at the publishers website:
Aves rapaces y conservación. Una perspectiva iberoamericana

New book: Las rapaces diurnas y su conservación en Castilla-La Mancha

Las rapaces diurnas y su conservación en Castilla-La Mancha

Las rapaces diurnas y su conservación
en Castilla-La Mancha

Juan Pablo Castaño is one of the leading raptor experts in Spain. He has been studying raptors for many years, especially in Castilla-La Mancha.
In 2005 he has published a wonderful book about the Spanish Imperial Eagle in Castilla-La Mancha.

Now Juan Pablo has published another book covering all raptors that regularly occur in Castilla-La Mancha. The book is written in Spanish and it’s title is:

Las rapaces diurnas y su conservación en Castilla-La Mancha

The book has detailed species accounts for each diurnal raptor that regularly occurs as a breeding, migrating or wintering species in Castilla-La Mancha and also chapters on birds that only occasionally occur there, like the Red-footed Falcon.
The species accounts cover the biology and conservation of each raptor.

The book is beautifully illustrated with many color photographs and for each species there is a wonderful color painting at the beginning of the species accounts.

If you can read Spanish and are interested in the conservation of raptors in Spain, I highly recommend this book.

More information about the books written by Juan Pablo can be found on his website:
http://webs.ono.com/jpcastano

Second edition of “The Golden Eagle” by Jeff Watson available

The Golden Eagle by Jeff Watson

The Golden Eagle, 2nd edition

The first edition of “The Golden Eagle” by Jeff Watson, published in 1997 is one of the best raptor monographs ever published. Now, the 2nd edition of the book is available.

Unfortunately, Jeff Watson couldn’t finish it himself as he passed away. A great loss for the raptor community.
The book has been completed by his family and friends. The main focus of the book is based on studies from Scotland, but information from continental Europe, North America and elsewhere is also included.

Jeff Watson’s book covers the whole natural history of this large and spectacular eagle. There is no better book on Golden Eagles.

This wonderful book is highly recommend for everyone interested in Golden Eagles in particular and raptors or birds in general.

More information can be found at the publishers website:
Poyser Monographs: The Golden Eagle by: Jeff Watson , Keith Brockie

Book “The Eagle Watchers” now available

The Eagle Watchers

The Eagle Watchers

The book “The Eagle Watchers” is now available at amazon.com. It will soon be available in book stores around the world.
The fascinating new book is about eagle conservation and research around the world. It is called “The Eagle Watchers – Observing and Conserving Raptors Around the World” and is edited by Ruth Tingay and Todd Katzner, two experienced and dedicated eagle experts.

In the book 29 biologists tell stories about 24 eagle species on 6 continents.
European species covered in the book are:

  • Golden Eagle
  • White-tailed Eagle
  • Lesser Spotted Eagle
  • Eastern Imperial Eagle
  • Spanish Imperial Eagle

Many other fascinating eagle species are covered including Martial Eagle, Harpy Eagle, African Crowned Eagle and many more.

Table of contents:

PREFACE
Ruth Tingay & Todd Katzner

FOREWORD
Keith Bildstein & Jemima Parry-Jones

CHAPTER 1: EAGLE DIVERSITY, ECOLOGY & CONSERVATION
Todd Katzner & Ruth Tingay

CHAPTER 2: NEW GUINEA HARPY EAGLE
Mark Watson (New Guinea)
Martin Gilbert (New Guinea)

CHAPTER 3: GOLDEN EAGLE
Carol McIntyre (Alaska)
Jeff Watson (Scotland)

CHAPTER 4: LESSER SPOTTED EAGLE
Bernd Meyburg (Czechoslovakia & Germany)

CHAPTER 5: WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE
Penny Olsen (Australia)

CHAPTER 6: MADAGASCAR SERPENT EAGLE
Sarah Karpanty (Madagascar)

CHAPTER 7: BALD EAGLE
Al Harmata (USA)
Teryl Grubb (USA)

CHAPTER 8: VERREAUX’S EAGLE
Rob Davies (South Africa)

CHAPTER 9: EASTERN IMPERIAL EAGLE
Todd Katzner (Kazakhstan)

CHAPTER 10: STELLER’S SEA EAGLE
Keisuke Saito (Japan)

CHAPTER 11: SPANISH IMPERIAL EAGLE
Miguel Ferrer (Spain)

CHAPTER 12: MADAGASCAR FISH EAGLE
Ruth Tingay (Madagascar)

CHAPTER 13: AFRICAN CROWNED EAGLE
Susanne Shultz (Ivory Coast)

CHAPTER 14: GREY-HEADED FISH EAGLE
Malcolm Nicoll (Cambodia)

CHAPTER 15: WAHLBERG’S EAGLE
Rob Simmons (South Africa)

CHAPTER 16: SOLITARY EAGLE
Bill Clark (Mexico)

CHAPTER 17: JAVAN HAWK EAGLE
Vincent Nijman (Indonesia)

CHAPTER 18: AFRICAN FISH EAGLE
Munir Virani (Kenya)

CHAPTER 19: BATELEUR
Rick Watson (South Africa)

CHAPTER 20: HARPY EAGLE
Janeene Touchton (Panama)

CHAPTER 21: WHITE-BELLIED SEA EAGLE
Jason Wiersma (Tasmania)

CHAPTER 22: MARTIAL EAGLE
Andrew Jenkins (South Africa)

CHAPTER 23: WHITE-TAILED SEA EAGLE
Justin Grant (Scotland)
Bjorn Helander (Sweden)
John Love (Scotland)

CHAPTER 24: BLACK AND CHESTNUT EAGLE
Ursula Valdez (Peru)

CHAPTER 25: PHILIPPINE EAGLE
Hector Miranda (Philippines)

APPENDIX 1: CONSERVATION STATUS OF THE WORLD’S EAGLES
FURTHER READING

More information about the book can be found at the publisher’s website:
Cornell University Press website about the book

(the publishers website still says that the book will be available in June 2010 but it is already in stock at amazon.com, so that information is wrong).

New book: The Bonelli’s Eagle. Ecology, behaviour and conservation

Tundra Ediciones has announced the publication date of a new species monograph about the Bonelli’s Eagle, The Bonelli’s Eagle. Ecology, behaviour and conservation . The book will be published in both an English and a Spanish edition. It will be available on May, 30th and is recommend by SEO/Birdlife Spain.

It was written by more than 130 authors and covers more than 30 countries.

Book details:
Editor: Víctor J. Hernández
Main illustrator: Eduardo Rodríguez
Photography: José Luis Rodríguez, Niranjant Sant and many others.
More than 130 authors of texts and 100 photographers and illustrators from over 30 countries.

Format: 31X24 cm.
Hardback
352 pages Numerous plates, figures, maps and colour photographs.

Book information for English and Spanish version on the publishers website:
The Bonelli’s Eagle. Ecology, behaviour and conservation

El águila perdicera. Ecología, comportamiento y conservación

This new book will be the most up to date and most detailed book on the Bonelli’s Eagle. Highly recommended to everyone interested in this amazing eagle.

UPDATE
The publication date has been postponed to Spring 2011.

New vulture book: Vultures, feeding stations and sanitary legislation: a conflict and its consequences from the perspective of conservation biology

A new book about the European vultures is forthcoming (available soon). It is bilingual with texts in Spanish and English.

Written by many of the leading vulture experts in Europe, it is the most detailed and up to date publication about European vultures I know of.

Book details:

Buitres, muladares y legislación sanitaria: perspectivas de un conflicto y sus consecuencias desde la Biología de la Conservación.
Vultures, feeding stations and sanitary legislation: a conflict and its consequences from the perspective of conservation biology.

Tamaño / Size: 21 x 29,7 cm (A4)
Numero de páginas / Pages: 552
Textos / Texts: Inglés – castellano / English and Spanish
Libro con numerosas fotografías, tablas y gráficos / Book with of dozens of mapes, tables, figures and pho

Publisher: Sociedad de Ciencias Aranzadi

The prize of the book is 30 Euros.

More details incl. full table of contents and a bilingual order form can be found in this PDF:

hojapedido.pdf

You can also the book here:
www.weboryx.com

This new book will be a must have for everyone interested in European vultures. And a lot of the information will also be useful for vultures outside of Europe.

New double CD: The Sounds of Raptors and Falcons

The Sounds of Raptors and Falcons

Ever wondered how an African Crowned Eagle sounds? Or the mighty Harpy Eagle? Or an African Gymnogene?

I recently received a new double CD “The Sounds of Raptors and Falcons” which contains more raptor calls than any other publication I know of.

103 species of raptors (45 of them Falcons) are on those new CDs. Many species are from Europe, but there are also a lot of species from around the world like American Kestrel, Shikra, Bald Eagle or Orange-breasted Falcon. Even very rare species like the Philippine Eagle can be found on the CDs.
The quality of the sound recordings is very good. For many species, several different calls are available. A great part of the CD is a very detailed coverage of the calls of the breeding cycle of the Red-footed Falcons.
The booklet contains all the information in German, English and French (I would have liked to also have it available in Spanish, but the Spanish names can easily be found on the Internet and for the European species, you can find them here on europeanraptors.org in the species accounts)

I really like this new publication and I highly recommend it if you are interested in raptor calls.

ISBN 978-3-938147-17-7
Price: EUR 17,95

More information can be found here:
http://birdsongs.de/GuF.html

New book about the White-tailed Eagle in Central Europe published

Der Seeadler im Herzen Europas

Der Seeadler im Herzen Europas

A new book about the WTSE in central Europa has been published.

It contains many interesting papers on the current status of the WTSE in different countries.
The papers are either in German (with English summaries) or in English (with German summaries).

The table of contents:

Zur Geschichte des Seeadlers in Deutschland

Der Seeadler in Österreich: Eine Revision historischer Daten

Der Seeadler in Österreich: Das WWF Österreich Seeadlerprojekt

Verbreitung und Bestandsentwicklung des Seeadlers in der Steiermark, im südlichen Burgenland (Österreich) sowie iim grenznahen Örseg Nationalpark (Ungarn)

The White-tailed Eagle in the Czech Republik

The White-tailed Eagle in Slovakia

White-tailed Eagle populations in Hungary between 1987-2007

Der Seeadler in der Kleinen Ungarischen Tiefebene

Population and ecology of the White-tailed Eagle and it’s conservation status in Slovenia

A review of the recent knowledge on White-tailed Eagles in Croatia

Status and breeding biology of the White-tailed Eagle in former Yugoslavia and Serbia.

Gefährdungsursachen des Seeadlers

Schutzanforderungen für den Seeadler im Herzen Europas – Ergebnisse des Workshops der WWF-Österreich Tagung im Illmitz, 18. November 2007

Die Kleider des Seeadlers unter dem Einfluss individueller und geographischer Variation.

I just got the book and I can highly recommend it to anyone interesting in Europe’s largest Eagle.

More information about how to order it can be found here:
http://www.wwf.at/de/menu465/subartikel1262/

If you don’t speak any German but want to order it, just contact Christian Pichler (email address can be found at the bottom of the above link).

Upcoming book: The Eagle Watchers

The Eagle Watchers

The Eagle Watchers

There will be a new book published in April 2010 about eagle conservation and research around the world. It is called “The Eagle Watchers” and is edited by Ruth Tingay and Todd Katzner.

In the book 29 biologists tell stories about 24 eagle species on 6 continents.
European species covered in the book are:

  • Golden Eagle
  • White-tailed Eagle
  • Lesser Spotted Eagle
  • Eastern Imperial Eagle
  • Spanish Imperial Eagle

Many other fascinating eagle species are covered including Martial Eagle, Harpy Eagle, African Crowned Eagle and many more.

More information about the book:
Publication Date: Apri 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8014-4873-7
Published by Cornel University Press
Publisher’s Website about the book

PDF Flyer
flyer_eagle_watchers.pdf

Table of contents:

PREFACE
Ruth Tingay & Todd Katzner

FOREWORD
Keith Bildstein & Jemima Parry-Jones

CHAPTER 1: EAGLE DIVERSITY, ECOLOGY & CONSERVATION
Todd Katzner & Ruth Tingay

CHAPTER 2: NEW GUINEA HARPY EAGLE
Mark Watson (New Guinea)
Martin Gilbert (New Guinea)

CHAPTER 3: GOLDEN EAGLE
Carol McIntyre (Alaska)
Jeff Watson (Scotland)

CHAPTER 4: LESSER SPOTTED EAGLE
Bernd Meyburg (Czechoslovakia & Germany)

CHAPTER 5: WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE
Penny Olsen (Australia)

CHAPTER 6: MADAGASCAR SERPENT EAGLE
Sarah Karpanty (Madagascar)

CHAPTER 7: BALD EAGLE
Al Harmata (USA)
Teryl Grubb (USA)

CHAPTER 8: VERREAUX’S EAGLE
Rob Davies (South Africa)

CHAPTER 9: EASTERN IMPERIAL EAGLE
Todd Katzner (Kazakhstan)

CHAPTER 10: STELLER’S SEA EAGLE
Keisuke Saito (Japan)

CHAPTER 11: SPANISH IMPERIAL EAGLE
Miguel Ferrer (Spain)

CHAPTER 12: MADAGASCAR FISH EAGLE
Ruth Tingay (Madagascar)

CHAPTER 13: AFRICAN CROWNED EAGLE
Susanne Shultz (Ivory Coast)

CHAPTER 14: GREY-HEADED FISH EAGLE
Malcolm Nicoll (Cambodia)

CHAPTER 15: WAHLBERG’S EAGLE
Rob Simmons (South Africa)

CHAPTER 16: SOLITARY EAGLE
Bill Clark (Mexico)

CHAPTER 17: JAVAN HAWK EAGLE
Vincent Nijman (Indonesia)

CHAPTER 18: AFRICAN FISH EAGLE
Munir Virani (Kenya)

CHAPTER 19: BATELEUR
Rick Watson (South Africa)

CHAPTER 20: HARPY EAGLE
Janeene Touchton (Panama)

CHAPTER 21: WHITE-BELLIED SEA EAGLE
Jason Wiersma (Tasmania)

CHAPTER 22: MARTIAL EAGLE
Andrew Jenkins (South Africa)

CHAPTER 23: WHITE-TAILED SEA EAGLE
Justin Grant (Scotland)
Bjorn Helander (Sweden)
John Love (Scotland)

CHAPTER 24: BLACK AND CHESTNUT EAGLE
Ursula Valdez (Peru)

CHAPTER 25: PHILIPPINE EAGLE
Hector Miranda (Philippines)

APPENDIX 1: CONSERVATION STATUS OF THE WORLD’S EAGLES
FURTHER READING