Kestrel female with brood in an old crow’s nest.
© Gordon Riddle
I am happy to announce a new interview, this time with Gordon Riddle about the Eurasian or Common in the United Kingdom.
Interview with Gordon Riddle about the Eurasian Kestrel the UK
The Eurasian or Common Kestrel is a widespread raptor and popular not only among bird watchers and ornithologists. He can be found in most European countries, often in agricultural areas or even in big cities but also in remote locations like the alps where it sometimes has to fight much bigger raptors like Golden Eagles who come to close to it’s nest.
Sadly, in many countries researches and bird watchers have seen a decline in Kestrel numbers, at least in part due to intensification of agriculture and loss of habitat and prey species.
In this new interview, Gordon Riddle, who has been studying the little falcon for almost 40 years, talks about the biology and conservation of the Kestrel in the UK and beyond and explains what must be done to make sure that future generations will see as many or more Kestrels then we do today.
Gordon is also the author of the soon to be published book Kestrels for company. See the interview for more information about the book.
Hobby chicks in nest, © Klaus-Dietrich Fiuczynski
A new interview is available, this time about the Eurasian Hobby in Germany:
Interview with Klaus-Dietrich Fiuczynski about the Eurasian Hobby in Germany
The Eurasian Hobby is a beautiful and elegant little falcon. A long distance migrant, it only spends a few months in Europe.
In this interview, Klaus-Dietrich Fiuczynski talks about the biology and conservation of the Eurasian Hobby in Germany.
Klaus talks about threats to the Hobby, what can be done to protect the species in the future, what gaps in our knowledge of the Hobby still exists and much more.
Klaus has been studying the Hobby for many years and has just published (together with Paul Sömmer) the 5th edition of a German monograph about the species.
See the interview and the links at the bottom for more information about the book.
An incubating female Hen Harrier, © Don Scott
A new interview about the Hen Harrier is available. This time about the Hen Harrier in Nothern Ireland:
Interview with Don Scott about the Hen Harrier in Northern Ireland
I am very happy that Don Scott has answered my questions.
Don is an expert on Harriers and has studied Hen Harriers for 25 years. He has also traveled around the world to study and observe all other harrier species. He has written a wonderful book Harriers: Journeys Around The World about this studies and has also recently finished another book about his studies of the Hen Harrier (see the interview for details).
In the interview, Don explains the current situation of the Hen Harrier in Northern Ireland, gives insights in the fascinating biology of this amazing bird (incl. tree nesting behaviour) and explains the current conservation situation of the Hen Harrier in Northern Ireland.
I am happy to announce the 3rd interview about the Short-toed Eagle published here on europeanraptors.org. This time, Francesco Petretti explains the current situation of the Short-toed Eagle in Italy.
Click here to read the interview:
Interview with Francesco Petretti about the Short-toed Eagle in Italy
Also make sure to check out Francesco’s book:
“L’aquila dei serpenti” – Francesco Petretti’s book
White-tailed Eagle, Germany, June 2009, © Markus Jais
Few birds are as impressive as the huge White-tailed Eagle. The largest Eagle in Europe with a wingspan up to 245cm, the Sea Eagle, as it is also known, is always a spectacular sight.
Fortunately, today it is also a much more common sight than it was 40 years ago. Thanks to conservation efforts across Europe, plenty of prey and less persecution, the White-tailed Eagle has made an amazing comeback in many European countries. One of them is Austria where the species was completely extinct until in 1999 the first pair tried to breed again.
Today there are already between 13-15 breeding pairs and the future looks bright, despite losses through illegal poisoning or lead poisoning.
In a new interview, Remo Probst, one of the leading experts on the species in Europe, describes the current situation of this amazing eagle in Austria:
Read the full interview here:
Interview with Remo Probst about the White-tailed Eagle in Austria
Also have a look at the PDFs available at the end of the interview.
Two young Red Kites from central Spain in their release pen in central England in the mid-1990s.
© Ian Carter
The Red Kite is a beautiful and elegant raptor for which Europe has a very high responsibility as almost all of the world population breeds in Europe.
The story of the Red Kite in Europe in Europe is a mixed one. While habitat destruction and especially illegal poisoning is threatening populations in some countries like Spain, the British population has made a spectacular comeback thanks to conservation efforts for the small population that survived in Wales and also thanks to successful reintroduction programmes in Scotland and England.
Despite ongoing persecution, especially in some parts of Scotland, the story of the Red Kite in the UK in recent decades is a very positive and encouraging one.
In this new interview, Red Kite expert Ian Carter talks about the current situation of this beautiful raptor in the UK, about the conservation efforts and the threats the species is facing.
Click here for the full interview:
Interview with Ian Carter about the Red Kite in the UK
Brian Etheridge with friend.
© Martin Benson
The Hen Harrier is one of the most beautiful and elegant European birds. It is a raptor of open habitat and can be found in many European countries, although it is only a rare breeding bird in some countries like Germany.
The Hen Harrier in the UK is in constant conflict with grouse hunting and grouse managers see a threat in them (and in other raptors like Common Buzzards or Golden Eagles) and some kill them.
It is sad that in the 21st century, conservation organisations, bird watchers and others who care about birds must still fight illegal persecution of raptors in Europe.
Other threats include habitat deterioration or disturbance.
In this new interview, Brian Etheridge, an expert on the species explains the current situation of the Hen Harrier in the UK, the conflict with grouse hunting, the competition of Hen Harriers with other raptors or the effect of badly placed windfarms.
Brian also explains what can and must be done to secure the future of this wonderful raptors in the UK.
The full interview can be found here:
Interview with Brian Etheridge about the Hen Harrier in the UK
Poisoned Spanish Imperial Eagle
© Fernando Saura
Illegal poisoning of raptors is – sadly – still a serious problem for raptors in many parts of Europe. No matter if it is Eastern Imperial Eagles in Austria, Common Buzzards in Germany or Cinereous Vultures in Spain, the use of poison to kill raptors and other wildlife is a serious and disgusting crime.
But many people and organisations are fighting illegal poisoning. In Spain, SEO/BirdLife has long been fighting illegal poisoning.
In this new interview, Beatriz Sanchez from SEO/BirdLife Spain talks about the current state of illegal poisoning of raptors in Spain, how many birds have been killed during the last years, what the legal situation is and what SEO/BirdLife Spain and other organisations are doing to stop it.
Find the interview here:
Interview with Beatriz Sanchez from SEO/BirdLife Spain about illegal raptor poisoning in Spain
White-tailed Eagle nestling
I am happy to announce another interview about the White-tailed Eagle, Europe’s largest eagle. This time, Emil Todorov from the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds explains the current situation of this magnificent raptor in Bulgaria.
Interview with Emil Todorov about the White-tailed Eagle in Bulgaria
As in many other countries, the population of the White-tailed Eagle in Bulgaria has increased during the last years, although habitat loss is a threat – as in many other countries.
Emil explains the development of the population, the habitat and prey used by the eagles and which trees they use for nesting. He also explains current threats, wintering populations and what needs to be done to protect the species in the future.
© Mike McGrady
I am happy to announce the first interview about Golden Eagles here on europeanraptors.org:
Interview with Mike McGrady about Golden Eagles in Great Britain
The Golden Eagle is one of the largest and most spectacular raptors in Europe. In Great Britain lives a population of over 400 pairs. In this new interview, Mike McGrady, one of the leading experts on the Golden Eagle, talks about the current situation of this large raptor in Great Britain. Mike explains the current threats and what must be done to secure a future for Golden Eagles.
Mike also explains many interested details about the biology of the bird.
If you are interested in Golden Eagles, I highly recommend reading the interview.