You can follow breeding Saker Falcons via a webcam here:
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 biodiversity12. March 2013
A new interview about the Short-toed Eagle in Spain and it’s possible influences on snake biodiversity has just been published.
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.
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:
MEDRAPTORS – Papers
A new webcam showing breeding White-tailed Eagles can be found here:
If everything goes well, the chicks should hatch in the 2nd half of March.
Electrocution is still one of the most serious threats for raptors including the Eastern Imperial Eagle.
In Bulgaria 150 dangerous poles have now been isolated so that eagles and other birds no longer get electrocuted.
Of 22 satellite tracked eagles 8 have already died of electrocution. This is too high for a species with a rather low reproduction rate like an eagle. The efforts are now focused on the breeding and hunting territories of the Eastern Imperial Eagles in Bulgaria.
For more information see here:
150 more electricity poles protected against birds electrocution
Recently fledged young Saker Falcon, Austria. © Richard Zink
The Saker Falcon was almost extinct in Austria in the seventies and it is a rare species over most of it’s range and currently classified as Endangered by Birdlife International. Thanks to conservation efforts in Austria and also neighboring countries like Slovakia and Hungary the population has increased and in 2012 a new record was achieved with 26 pairs raising 37 young.
This is a great success for the globally endangred species.
Conservation efforts includ monitoring during the breeding season and putting up nest platforms on electricity pylons. The nest platforms help to increase the breeding success as they are safer during storms and not accessible to predators like martens or humans who want to steal the egg or young.
The breeding areas in eastern Austria are great for the Saker Falcons with plenty of prey like pigeons and young hares. They also benefit from habitat improvements made for other species like the Great Bustard as this increases the prey base.
More information (in German) can be found here:
Rekordjahr für den Sakerfalken: 37 Jungvögel in Österreich
Whittles Publishing recently announced an upcoming book about the White-tailed Eagle written by John A. Love.
The description of the book by the publisher:
- 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 on the publishers website:
A Saga of Sea Eagles
This is a welcome addition to some other fine raptor books by the same publisher and to the available literature about Europe’s larged eagle species!
First issue of the online Newsletter “The Return of the Neophron” about the LIFE+ project of the Egyptian vulture in Bulgaria and Greece published9. January 2013
The Egyptian vulture is an endangered species over most of it’s range. The good news is that many people are working to protect it.
In Bulgaria and Greece there is a very important LIFE+ project for the species. The project has now published their first English newsletter.
The newsletter can be found here (PDF):
To learn more about the LIFE+ project, click here:;
The Return of the Neophron
Electrocution is still a serious threat to many raptors incl. both Imperial Eagle species, Bonelli’s Eagles and many other large birds like White Storks.
A Bulgarian Eastern Imperial Eagle named Krum recently died of electrocution in Turkey. The Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds tracks several Eastern Imperial Eagles to learn more about their behavior and mortality as part of a conservation program.
More information about the bird and also about the conservation efforts for the species in Bulgaria can be found here:
Another Imperial eagle fall a victim to electrocution in Turkey
The Committee Against Bird Slaugther (CABS), a NGO that fights the illegal killing for birds across Europe now supports the conservation of the rare and endangered Bonelli’s Eagle on Sicily.
Beside habitat destruction the eagles are also threatened by illegal killing and egg theft. In 2012 several NGOs got together to form the group “Coordinamento Tutela Rapaci Sicilia”. The Boneli’s Eagle is very high on the priority list and all nests will now be monitored during the breeding season.
In 2012 this was a huge success with 32 young eagles fledging.
In many places in Europe the ecological quality of the habitat is still good for raptors and the only thing that keeps them from recovering is unfortunately still illegal persecution. It is good to see that in Italy many people now got together (this year 75 people helped) to protect this magnificent eagle.