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, 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.

Very good year for Eastern Imperial Eagles in Bulgaria

31. August 2009

The breeding season 2009 was very good for the Eastern Imperial Eagle in Bulgaria. 20 young eagles fledged which is a new record. 6 of the nests were guarded by volunteers of the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds and 8 young eagles fledged from those nests.
7 of the 20 young eagles are tagged with satellite transmitters to learn more about their survival and movements.

This is great news. Another record was achieved in Austria where 4 successful pairs raised 9 young. This is a success rate of 2.25 young fledged for every successful pair.

More information about the good news from Bulgaria:
Successful breeding season for Imperial Eagles in Bulgaria

Upcoming Red Kit international symposium in France, October 17-18th

30. August 2009

LPO (Birdlife France) is hosting an international symposium on the Red Kite on October 17-18th. The conference will be held in Montbéliard (eastern France).

Here is the text from the official invitation by the LPO:

And what if the
symbol of European
conservation were
the Red kite ?

Its distribution is limited to the old continent, a bird which is impressive yet delicate, wayfaring but also sedentary, found in
both Mediterranean and Scandinavian regions, in forests and meadows where it has been hard hit by the EU agricultural policy
and the choices our society makes with respect to our lifestyle.
The beginning of the 21st C. has put serious pressure on this species.
All kinds of threats, some yet to be understood, are taking a heavy toll on the European population. To offset this
situation, Red kites have been reintroduced to Great Britain and Tuscany, Italy ; in Switzerland they have
been fitted with Argos satellite transmitters ; in Spain wing tags are monitored ; in France feeding sites have been
established, in Germany the impact of wind farms are monitored, etc. To exchange knowledge about this
species and share ideas for future collaborative plans, we are pleased to invite you to the first international
symposium in the framework of the French Restoration Program for Red kite which will take
place in Franche-Comté, eastern France in the heart of the European territory of the Red kite, on October, 17 and
18th 2009.

LPO Franche-Comté team

The following two pdf files contain more information, the list of proposed presentations and a registration form.
Red Kite International Symposium
Registration Form