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.
15. November 2015
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
14. February 2015
Whittles Publishing has announced the publication (March 2015) of a new book by Dr. Peter Dare called “The Life of Buzzards”.
The book covers the Common Buzzard. It is great to see that finally a new book about the biology of this fascinating raptor is now being published.
According to the website the book covers:
- The fascinating lives of Buzzards are revealed from extensive studies over many years
- A long overdue update of the natural history and ecology of the Common Buzzard
- Provides detailed accounts of their breeding cycle from courtship until fledging of broods
- Guidance provided on Buzzard breeding studies including interpretation of aerial behaviour
More information about the book on the publishers website:
The Life of Buzzards.
The publisher will send me a copy of the book (many thanks to Whittles Publishing!). A review of the book will follow once I’ve read it.
17. April 2014
Recently, Tundra Ediciones published a new beautiful raptor book called “Viaja a las rapaces” (Journey to the raptors).
It is completely in Spanish. It is not a scientific work but still very interesting. It aims to “bring the emotions of watching raptors in the wild” to the reader.
Erything is beautifully illustrated with wonderful drawings.
The book is written and illustrated by Juan Varela and Víctor J. Hernández.
More information about the book can be found here:
Viaje a las rapaces
4. March 2014
Belize, a small country south of Mexico is a fantastic place for watching neotropical raptors and other birds and animals like the Morelet’s crocodile.
It is a great place to see raptors like the Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Black Hawk-Eagle, Black-and-white Hawk Eagle, King Vulture, White Hawk, Aplomado Falcon, Orange-breasted Falcon and many more.
With some (or maybe a lot of) luck even Jaguar sightings might be possible.
A wonderful way to travel to Belize is with the great guys from the Belize Raptor Research Institute. They know the place like no other, have an in-depth knowlegde of the indentification and ecology of the local raptors and wildlife and actively do conservation work in Belize for raptors like the Solitary Eagle.
I was on a trip with them myself in December 2012 and it was spectacular with many raptors and other amazing sightings, great food, wonderful people and many fantastic experiences.
Their next trip is in August 2014. If you want to do Neotropical birding or raptor watching, this will be a fantastic trip.
Event: 2014 Belize Raptor Tour: An Experience of a Lifetime!
25. July 2011
The 5th Carinthian Raptor Migration Camp 2012 in Austria (near the Italian and Slovenian border) starts on August, 19th and ends on August 28th. In it’s fourth year, this successful raptor camp is a fantastic opportunity to experience raptor migration, meat other raptor enthusiasts and experts and learn more about those amazing birds.
I was there last year and we had great fun and saw many raptors incl. Common Buzzards, Hobbies and many Honey Buzzards. A few observers also saw a Griffon Vulture.
I will be there again this year giving a talk about raptor conservation in Europe (on August 27th).
More information (in German) can be found in this document:
If you can’t read the German just open the document and at the end you will find the email address of Remo Probst, the guy who is organising the camp. You can ask him further questions.
20. June 2011
A globally threatened Eastern Imperial Eagle was poisoned in Bulgaria. The bird was killed by eating a poisonous pigeon-trap. This is very sad. For such a rare species, every lost bird is one too much.
New crime against endangered Imperial Eagle
And a second poisoned bait has also been found:
18. February 2011
The new Kestrels book by Gordon Riddle
In the last post I announced a new book about Hen Harriers published by Whittles Publishing. The same publisher has also recently announced another raptor book about the Common Kestrel. It will be published in April 2011 and is written by Gordon Riddle who has observed the Common Kestrel for almost 40 years in Britain.
Below is the information from the press release of the publisher:
An appealing book that rightfully raises the profile of the kestrel. It provides an extensive picture of this delightful falcon, including its lifestyle and the factors that affect its breeding success and survival. This is based upon almost 40 years monitoring of the kestrel in south-west Scotland and further afield by the author and colleagues, giving a flavour of the integrated approach to monitoring and conservation.
As well as the wealth of factual data, there are entertaining anecdotes and stories both from the author’s experiences and from the wider media coverage of this raptor over the years. The reader is taken to exotic locations such as the Seychelles, Mauritius and the Cape Verde Islands to see the endemic island kestrels which have always held a great fascination for the author.
Latest figures show an alarming decline of 36% in the kestrel population in the UK, with even more dramatic falls such as 64% in Scotland. The fieldwork techniques which play such an important role are detailed in a composite breeding season. The kestrel is not portrayed in isolation and the bird’s current circumstance is tied into the bigger picture of raptor conservation and the struggle against sustained persecution.
The author reflects upon the political, economic and conservation issues that have dominated this field in the past few decades and through this personal and well-informed account the reader gains access to the world of the kestrel.
Publishers Press Release (PDF)
Publishers website for the book
4. January 2011
Lack of suitable trees for nesting is a serious problem for Eastern Imperial Eagles in some parts of it’s range. Because of this nest platforms are often built in weak trees to help the eagles to build a stable nest.
In the long term, it is important to plant suitable trees. In Western Strandja in Bulgaria, BSPB volunteers afforested 1,4 ha of black poplars near one of the Imperial Eagle nests. In the long term, those trees will provide suitable nesting platforms for the Eastern Imperial Eagle and other raptors.
Volunteers planted 550 poplars in Western Strandja
11. December 2010
Illegal poisoning is a serious threat to many raptor species like all the European vultures but also Red and Black Kites, eagles or buzzards.
Mammals like Wolves or Brown Bears also are killed by this horrible practice.
The LIFE+ ANTIDOTO project aims to stop the poisoning of those animals in Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park (Italy), in the Andalusia Region (Spain) and the Aragon Region (Spain), all places rich in raptors.
More information in English, Italian and Spanish can be found here: