550 poplar trees for Eastern Imperial Eagles in Bulgaria

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.

More information:
Volunteers planted 550 poplars in Western Strandja

LIFE+ ANTIDOTO project to fight poisoning of carnivors and raptors

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:

World Working Group on Birds of Prey and Owls with new website

30. November 2010

The World Working Group on Birds of Prey and Owls has a new website:

WWGBP has published the proceedings of several world conferences on raptors as well as of other international meetings since 1989. To honor Robin Chancellor WWGBP has recently begun to digitise these publications and make them accessible free of charge to all interested persons.

The orgininal articles of the following publication can now be downloaded as PDF files from the website of WWGBP

WWGBP: Berlin, London & Paris
ISBN 0254-6388,

This volume comprises 302 pages (size 14.5 x 21 cm, with cover in colour, many black&white photographs, stitched).

To learn more and to download, click here:

RSPB worries about Hen Harriers in England

25. November 2010

The RSPB worries about the future of Hen Harriers in England.
According to the RSPB there is habitat for about 300 pairs of Hen Harriers in the UK but only 12 pairs tried to nest there in 2010 and only 7 pairs were successful.
Widespread illegal persecution of the fully protected birds is the most serious threat for Hen Harriers in England.

More information:
What future for England’s hen harriers?

Also read:
What future for England’s Hen Harriers?” Response

4th Carinthian Raptor Migration Camp in Austria – starting August, 19th

30. July 2010

The 4th Carinthian Raptor Migration Camp in Austria starts on August, 19th. 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.

To learn more, see this website of Birdlife Austria:


If you can’t read the German website, go down to the bottom of the website on click on “Kontakt”. This is the contact email address for further questions.

Six possible new protected areas for Golden Eagles in Scotland

3. December 2009

As the RSPB reports, Scottish environment minister Roseanna Cunningham announced a proposals to create six new Special Protection Areas (SPA) for golden eagles covering more than 400,000 hectares in northern and western Scotland. The consultations on the proposal will start in 2010.
Golden Eagles still face many threats in Scotland like prey loss, bad forestry management (Golden Eagles avoid areas with too much forest cover), development incl. wind farms and sadly, illegal persecution.
Hopefully, the new SPAs can be established and will help to protect Golden Eagles in Scotland.

More information:
The RSPB: Golden eagles to get protection boost,

New videos about the Short-toed Eagle

20. October 2009

If you visit short-toed-eagle.net, you can find several great new videos about the Short-toed Eagle filmed by Vincenzo Rizzo Pinna
The videos contain great material from a Short-toed Eagle nest in the Maremma Regional Park (Italy).

The videos are also available on youtube.

Here is one example:

The website HoverOverUs • Short-toed-Eagle is a great resource with a lot of information about the Short-toed Eagle. Highly recommended!

To learn more about the work of Vincenzo Rizzo Pinna, visit his website:

and his youtube video channel:
YouTube – SystemaNaturae’s Channel

Two dead Bearded Vultures in the Pyrenees

20. September 2009

In the Pyrenees, two dead Beared Vultures have been found. One juvenile with an age of 5 month died because of collision with power lines. The other bird was an adult that died in France. The cause of death is investigated in the Centro de Recuperación de Fauna Silvestre de la Alfranca (Zaragoza).

In the French Pyrenees, in 2009, 32 territories were occupied and 11 young bearded vultures fledged.

More information (in Spanish):

New record year for White-tailed Eagles in Schleswig-Holstein (northern Germany)

12. September 2009

Another great year for the White-tailed Sea Eagle in Schleswig-Holstein, the northernmost of the 16 states of Germany.
With only a few pairs in the 1970s, the Sea Eagle was close to extinction in West Germany. But since then, the population has increased dramatically and in 2009, 63 pairs occupied a territory. That’s an increase of 6 pairs compared to 2008.
54 pairs started breeding and 40 of them finished it and raised 68 young eagles. That’s 8 less than in 2008 but still a very good breeding success.
The population of the White-tailed Eagle (or Sea Eagle) was about 600 pairs in 2008 in Germany. It is very likely that this year the number will be even higher, especially when the results in other states are as encouraging as those in Schleswig-Holstein.

More information about the conservation of the White-tailed Eagle in Schleswig-Holstein can be found here:

French names for the species accounts added

5. September 2009

All the species accounts now contain the French names of the raptors. More languages will follow.