New German Hobby book with English summary

6. October 2013

A new German book about the Eurasian Hobby is out.
It is written in German but has an extended English summary at the end.
It covers the Hobby in Carinthia (a state in Austria) but the information is relevant for everyone interested in the Hobby no matter where you live because it covers in detail the ecology and behavior of this fascinating little Falcon.
Of particular interested is the detailed description of the hunting behavior of the Hobby.

The author is Remo Probst, a leading raptor expert in Austria who has studied the Hobby and other raptor species like Goshawks, European Honey Buzzards and White-tailed Eagles for many years.


– Title: “Der Baumfalke in Kärnten. Eine inneralpine Studie zur Ökologie des Kleinfalken.”
– 256 pages., 81 pictures., 24 tables
– Complete biology incl. description of 800 hunting flights
– Extended English Summary!
– 21 € (+ shipping)
– Order:

Upcoming book: A Saga of Sea Eagles

21. July 2013

A new book about one of Europe’s most spectacular birds of prey will be published very soon. It is called “A Sage of Sea Eagles” and is written by John A. Love and published by Whittles Publishing.
(Review below).

The book covers the following topics:

  • A personal account from the author’s own experiences, enriched with his photographs and illustrations
  • Summary of eagles, their classification and folklore focussing on the Sea Eagle group
  • Provides a background to the reintroduction of the White-tailed Sea Eagle to Scotland and the UK
  • Current status of Sea Eagles in the UK and the economic benefits

More information about the book can be found here:
A Saga of Sea Eagles

A Saga of Sea Eagles

A Saga of Sea Eagles

Update: Review of the book (December 28th 2013).

This is a wonderful book. Very readable and full of information about the biology and conservation of the White-tailed Eagle in the UK (and beyond).

The book has detailed chapters on the biology of the White-tailed Eagle. I really liked the overview of the Sea Eagles of the world and also the very interesting chapter on the prey of the White-tailed Eagle.

Persecution and extirpation of the species is also covered.

A large part of the book covers the reintroduction of the White-tailed Eagle in Scotland and the more recent projects in Ireland and East Scotland are also covered (the main focus is on West Scotland).
This is probably by far the most detailed account of this reintroduction program, the people involved and all the important steps that eventually lead to an established in increasing population in West Scotland.

The text is also full of personal stories of the author.

The book is easy to read and hard to put down once you start reading.

Highly recommend for everyone interested in the biology and conservation of the White-tailed Eagle or raptors in general.

Bulgarian ministry has adopted action plan for Saker conservation

7. June 2013

The Bulgarian Ministry for Environment and Waters has adopted an action plan for Saker conservation called “Action Plan for the Conservation of the Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug Gray, 1834) in Bulgaria from 2013 to 2022”.

More information and a link to download the action plan can be found here;

Ministry adopted an Action Plan for the Conservation of Saker Falcon in Bulgaria

First sighting of a Cinereous Vulture in the Eastern Balkan Mountains in more than thirty years

6. May 2013

Green Balkans has recently reported the first sighting of a Cinereous Vulture in the Eastern Balkan Mountains in more than thirty years.
The Cinereous Vulture is one of the most endangred species in Europe and extremely rare everywhere outside of Spain.
Green Balkans and other NGOs keep working for it’s protection in south-eastern Europe.

More information:
A Black Vulture in Eastern Balkan Mountains for a first time for more than thirty years

The vulture conservation program of Green Balkans:
Vultures in Bulgaria

New book “The book of raptors”

17. April 2013

A new book called The book of raptors is available. It is a large book with many fantastic images and lot’s of interesting text.
It is the English translation of the Spanish book called Libro de las rapaces”.

To learn more about the English edtion, click here:
The book of raptors

New book: “Eagles of Africa” by Johann Knobel

25. March 2013

Johann Knobel has just published his new book called “Eagles of Africa”. It covers all 26 African eagle species with fantastic pictures and a detailed text.

More information can be found on the book’s website:
Eagles of Africa

The book can be ordered here:
Eagles of Africa.

Experts Join Forces to Protect the Sooty Falcon

25. March 2013

Please read the following important message about the Sooty Falcon from Umberto Gallo Orsi.

The Sooty Falcon (Falco concolor) is a fast, highly agile bird of prey that feeds on small birds and insects captured in flight. It is classified as ‘Near Threatened’ in the IUCN Red List and is listed in ‘Category 1’ (Globally and Near Threatened species) of the UNEP/CMS Raptors MOU, primarily due to suspected population declines.
It breeds in harsh desert and semi-arid habitats, in and around the Middle East, and spends the winter on Madagascar, with small numbers remaining along the South-East littoral zone of Africa.
However, information on the species’ ecology is fragmented and incomplete, particularly about the migration and wintering periods of its lifecycle. There is a pressing need to gather more accurate and comprehensive information on the Sooty Falcon, including about its global population status and the main threats causing its decline.
The Coordinating Unit (CU) of the Raptors MOU, in close collaboration with Range States*, specialist ornithologists and other interested parties, is leading the development of an International Single Species Action Plan (ISSAP) for the Sooty Falcon. I have been asked to coordinate ISSAP process.
Over the next twelve months, I’ll work with the CU to establish and coordinate the Sooty Falcon Working Group; review existing knowledge and published literature relating to the ecology and conservation of the Sooty Falcon; develop and maintain an information resource base; and, prepare a draft Sooty Falcon ISSAP for review at an Action Planning Workshop expected to take place in the latter part of 2013.
However, the success of this project will not be possible without extensive international collaboration and cooperation with all Range States, specialists and others interested in this iconic species. A database of contacts has already been established and further information will be available soon.
In the meantime, anyone interested in contributing to this important initiative, can contact me at

Webcam for Saker Falcon nest in Hungary

20. March 2013

You can follow breeding Saker Falcons via a webcam here:

New interview with Gregorio Moreno-Rueda about the Short-toed Eagle in Spain and it’s impact on snake biodiversity

12. March 2013

A new interview about the Short-toed Eagle in Spain and it’s possible influences on snake biodiversity has just been published.

The Short-toed Eagle in Spain and it’s impact on snake biodiversity.

In this interview Gregorio shares his knowledge about the feeding ecology of Short-toed Eagles in Spain, their threats, why they lay only one egg and how the future looks like for those impressive raptors in Spain.

Gregorio also talks about the possible impact of Short-toed Eagles on snake biodiversity.

Research has shown again and again how important top predators are. Most studies involve large carnivores like wolves, pumas or tigers. But eagles may play a similar role in some landscapes.

It could be possible that other snake eating eagles (e.g. Crested Eagle and Solitary in the Neotropics or other Snake Eagles in Africa/Asia) might have a similar influence on snake species. Unfortunately I don’t know if this has ever been studied.

Many scientific papers about migratory raptors available on MEDRAPTORS

5. March 2013

The MEDRAPTORS website has lot’s of information about migrating raptors and many scientific publications are available for download.
It is great that this scientific information is made available for everybody who is interested in raptor ecology and migration.
To find the papers, click here: