Category Archives: Falcons

Peregrine Falcon in Ukraine increasing

The Peregrine Falcon is a rare breeding species in Ukraine. The species declined dramatically (similar to almost everywhere else in Europe) during the second half of the 20th century and reached a low of only 15-20 pairs in the 1980s.
Since then the population has increased but the species is still rare. The current number of pairs is estimated somewhat differently by several authors but there is no doubt that the Peregrine has increased in the Ukraine, but it still needs full protection!

More information, including some population estimates can be found here:
Current status of the Peregrine Falcon population in Ukraine

Upcoming conference: Gyrfalcons and Ptarmigan in a changing world

The Peregrine Fund is organising a conference in February 2011 about the Gyrfalcon and the Ptarmigan (the falcon’s most important prey).

From the announcement:
This international conference will explore evidence for a range of environmental changes in arctic ecosystems affecting the Gyrfalcon, its competitors, and its prey, Ptarmigan, waterfowl, seabirds and others, to predict effects and outcomes of global climate change, identify areas of uncertainty, and develop global strategies for measuring and mitigating them. We will publish a conference proceedings in what we expect will be a landmark publication of information, ideas, and strategies.

More information:
2011 Gyrfalcons and Ptarmigan in a Changing World Conference – The Peregrine Fund

Satellite telemetry of Eleonora’s Falcon migration from Greece

The exact migration route of the Eleonora’s Falcon has long been a mystery.
Satellite telemetry has helped in recent years to find out more about the migration of this elegant raptor. This year, for the first time in Greece, 2 adult and 2 juvenile falcons were equipped with satellite transmitters in their breeding colony on the island of Andros.
The movement of those 4 birds can be followed via the project’s website:

Satellite telemetry of Eleonora’s Falcon migration

The migratory journey of Eleonora’s Falcons – with Maps

New interview with Mátyás Prommer about the conservation of the Saker Falcon in Hungary and neighbouring countries


Saker Falcon Conservation Hungary

Saker Falcon with a satellite transmitter. © Miklós Váczi

In this new interview Mátyás Prommer talks about the conservation of the endangered Saker Falcon in Hungary and neighbouring countries.
This magnificent falcon is endangered in many countries but thanks to conservation work done in Hungary and other countries, the population has reached about 300 pairs in Hungary and neighbouring countries.
To learn more, see the interview with Mátyás here:

Interview with Mátyás Prommer about the conservation of the Saker Falcon in Hungary and neighbouring countries

Movements of Red-footed Falcons on the Internet

This year, 8 Red-footed Falcons from Hungary are tracked via Satellite. Two have already left Hungary and are located north of the Black Sea coast.
The birds and their movements can also be followed on the web.
This is part of a LIFE project for the conservation of the Red-footed Falcon in the Pannonian Region.

More information:
Conservation of the Red-footed Falcon in the Pannonian Region
Overview of tagged birds.
Map with the location of the birds

Aluminium nest boxes for Saker Falcons installed in Bulgaria

The Bulgarian Society for the protection of birds (BSPB) has installed a new type of 20 aluminium nest boxes for the Saker Falcon in Bulgaria. The new nest boxes were designed during the Saker Falcon conservation project in Hungary.
The new nests long life aluminium constructions with roofs and two side protection from unfavourable atmospheric conditions. They are installed one high-voltage electric pylons.
In 2008, more than 100 nest boxes of an older, metal and wooden type, were installed.
BSPB hopes that this will help to increase the currently very low population of only 6-7 pairs of Saker Falcons in Bulgaria.

More information including many interesting pictures:
BSPB installed the first for Bulgaria aluminum nest boxes for saker falcon (Falco cherrug)

Green Balkans Federation starts new project for Lesser Kestrel, Cinereous Vulture and Eastern Imperial Eagle

The organisation Green Balkans started a new project called “Conservation activities for EEC Birds Directive target species – Lesser Kestrel, Black Vulture and Imperial Eagle in their main habitats in Bulgaria”. The project is supported by the European union. (Black Vulture is another name for the Cinereous Vulture).

All the species are endangered in Europe. The main goals for the project are:

  • support and maintenance of the populations of rare bird species included in the EEC Birds Directive (79/409/ЕЕС) and their habitats
  • creating conditions for increasing their numbers and restoring their populations in their former habitats
  • reducing the conflict between the target species and the realization of investment intentions and projects
  • increasing the nesting success of the breeding Imperial eagles and Black vultures
  • improving the conditions for nesting of the target species
  • “ex-situ” activities for restoring the population of the Lesser Kestrel
  • identification of areas from the habitats of the target species sensitive to investment intentions
  • raising the public awareness on the aims and effects of raptor conservation and biodiversity protection in general
  • All three species were a lot more widespread on the Balkan in the past. The new project is an important steps towards securing and improving the future of those raptors on the Balkan.

    More information:
    Green Balkans Federation started a European project for the conservation of threatened bird species

New Book published: Peregrine Falcon populations – status and perspectives in the 21st century

A new and large book about the Peregrine Falcon has recently been published:
Peregrine Falcon populations – status and perspectives in the 21st century

The book contains the biggest collection of papers related to the Peregrine in Europe and is based on papers presented at the 2nd International Peregrine Conference Poland 2007, held from 19th till 23rd September 2007 in Piotrowo near Poznań, Poland.

Features of the book:

  • 11 chapters
  • 62 papers
  • 800 pages
  • more than 60 tables
  • 400 colour photographs and figures

The book also contains some papers on the Saker Falcon.

The book can be ordered here:—status-and-perspectives-in-the-21st-century.html.

Also see the website of the European Peregrine Falcon Working Group:

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