Category Archives: European Raptors

Two dead Bearded Vultures in the Pyrenees

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)

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:

Very good year for Eastern Imperial Eagles in Bulgaria

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

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

Hungarian Saker Falcon in Spain

The Saker Falcon Falco Cherrug is a globally endangered raptor species. In Europe, there are only about 450 breeding pairs. During the last years, the populations in Hungary, Austria and Slovakia have increased.
In order to learn more about the endangered falcons and the biology, some birds in Hungary have been fitted with a satellite transmitter. This allows to gain exact knowledge about the movements of the birds. If a bird dies, the cause of death can often be found out. This provides crucial information for conservation projects.

Detailed information about the work can be found on the project’s website.

A very interesting dispersal route was taken by one female Saker Falcon who moved to Spain and has already spend some time there (the bird appeared there in early August).

This shows that a Saker Falcon who is seen far away from it’s breeding area in eastern Europe is not always an escaped falconry bird.

More information:

Conservation of Saker (Falco cherrug) in the Carpathian Basin

Satellite-tracked Hungarian Saker (Falco cherrug) in N Spain goes live

Welcome to
This website is dedicated to the raptor species in Europe. It provides a species account for every raptor breeding in Europe and it will publish regular news and interviews about raptor conservation in Europe.

It’s goal is to share information about the European raptor species and make people aware of them and help everyone to find important information easily.

The website is not yet finished. Several species accounts have not been written or are incomplete. I will fill the gaps within the next few months. But even when all gaps are filled, I will regularly update the species accounts when I receive new information about a species from websites, conservation organisations or scientific journals.

I hope you enjoy the website and I also hope it helps a little bit to protect those magnificent birds.

Markus Jais