Upcoming Neotropical raptor to tour in Belize in August 2014

4. March 2014

Belize, a small country south of Mexico is a fantastic place for watching neotropical raptors and other birds and animals like the Morelet’s crocodile.
It is a great place to see raptors like the Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Black Hawk-Eagle, Black-and-white Hawk Eagle, King Vulture, White Hawk, Aplomado Falcon, Orange-breasted Falcon and many more.
With some (or maybe a lot of) luck even Jaguar sightings might be possible.

A wonderful way to travel to Belize is with the great guys from the Belize Raptor Research Institute. They know the place like no other, have an in-depth knowlegde of the indentification and ecology of the local raptors and wildlife and actively do conservation work in Belize for raptors like the Solitary Eagle.
I was on a trip with them myself in December 2012 and it was spectacular with many raptors and other amazing sightings, great food, wonderful people and many fantastic experiences.

Their next trip is in August 2014. If you want to do Neotropical birding or raptor watching, this will be a fantastic trip.

More information:
Event: 2014 Belize Raptor Tour: An Experience of a Lifetime!

New book about Peregrines: Peregrine Falcons of the World

8. December 2013

A new book about the Peregrine Falcons of the World has been published.

More information incl. how to order it can be found here

Peregrine Falcons of the World

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: nwv@landesmuseum.ktn.gv.at

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 sootyfalconwg@gmail.com

Webcam for Saker Falcon nest in Hungary

20. March 2013

You can follow breeding Saker Falcons via a webcam here: