Findings of the eagles in the Chernigov Polesye

September 27th, 2014 / Comment

The northern part of Chernigov Region, so-called the Chernigov Polesye /map/, is one of the best regions of Ukraine for Short-toed Eagles’ habitation. These lands, rich in Grass Snakes, Vipers, other reptiles and also in old pine forests, provide the eagles with good conditions for foraging and nesting. An expert in Ukrainian birds of prey, Sergey Domashevsky, during the expedition in 2009 has recorded several probable territorial pairs of the eagles there. Some of them were observed between the Sozh, the Dnieper rivers and Zamglay Bog /map/.

SKEETER A, SIMON A, MOROZ V, PISMENNYI K. 2011-2014. Chernigov PolesyeThis year a local birdwatcher, Artem Skeeter, has found Short-toed Eagles’ nest at a place where he saw them during a few years before. Artem has discovered the nest just after finding of one old tail feather under a perch at the breeding site.30.08.14 : an adult male Short-toed Eagle gives a snake to the juvenile not far from the nesting tree He has managed to take a video of feeding the juvenile eagle by its father on a pine within the site. Also photos of the birds have been taken there in 2011-2012 and this year by Artem and by Andrew Simon, Viktor Moroz and me. This year’s juvenile could already fly on August 9. The date is the earliest known in Northern Ukraine for the last 10 years. On September 9 another juvenile Short-toed Eagle, judging by all, an offspring of the neighbour pair, was observed in the “saint-spirit-flight” over typical hunting grounds far from forests, that is unusually early for this region too.

 

Fresh articles about Short-toed Eagle

August 30th, 2014 / Comment

Two new works of Short-toed Eagle researchers are available on the Web now. Please, find the abstracts on the following pages:

Beatriz Yáñez, Antonio-Román Muñoz, Keith L. Bildstein, Ian Newton, Albertus G. Toxopeus & Miguel Ferrer, 2014 – Individual Variation in the Over-Summering Areas of Immature Short-Toed Snake Eagles Circaetus gallicus // Acta Ornithologica, 49 (1): 137-141.

Jean-Pierre Malafosse, Pierre Maigre, 2014 – Dispersion post-natale des jeunes Circaètes Jean-le-Blanc Circaetus gallicus [Post-breeding dispersal of young Short-toed Eagles] // Alauda, 82 (2): 81-84.

 

Colour-ringing of Short-toed Eagles in Hungary

August 2nd, 2014 / Comment
SERFŐZŐ J. 2014. The Zemplén Mountains

This is just a small photo gallery of ringing Short-toed Eagle chicks in the Zemplén Mountains /map/. The juveniles were ringed by István Béres; the climber and the photographer was József Serfőző.
Gábor Papp reports that 4 eaglets were colour-ringed there this year and also ringing of 2 more was orginized by Zoltán Turny (MME/Birdlife) in Transdanubia /map/ and was done by rangers of Danube-Ipoly National Park at the following sites:
Vértes – by Antal Klébert and István Staudinger; this is the 2nd year that the pair use this nest on an oak;
the Budai Hills – by Bíró Sándor and Zoltán Turny; this is the 4th year in a row of breeding in this nest on a pine.

 

GPS tagging of Short-toed Eagles in Israel. Video

July 23rd, 2014 / Comment
The amazing migration of the Judean Short-toed Eagle. Video by Guilad Friedemann (available in HD quality)

One more contribution from Guilad Friedemann. This time it is a video presentation. Using Google Earth tools Guilad invites us to follow David, one of the Short-toed Eagles tagged with the special GPS-loggers, from his home range in the Judean Foothills /map/ to the wintering grounds in Sudan. The virtual tour on his migration route is amazing!

 

Alternative nest-building of ST Eagles and LL Buzzards

July 21st, 2014 / Comment

Let’s thank Guilad Friedemann for sharing the following article based on data of his studies in the Judean Foothills /map/:

• G. Friedemann, I. Izhaki, Y. Leshem & K. Y. Mumcuoglu, 2013 – Alternative nest-building behavior of the Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) and the Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus) in the Judean Foothills, and the parasitic and non-parasitic arthropod fauna in their nests // Israel Journal of Entomology, Vol. 43: pp. 11-19. – Short-toed Eagle. file (En).

 

Short-toed Eagle in Bavaria in XIX and XX centuries

June 30th, 2014 / Comment

This article was published about a quarter of a century ago. Now it is available on the Web, on a site of Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum:

• Josef Reichholf, 1988 – Der Schlangenadler Circaetus gallicus in Bayern: Ein seltener aber regelmäßiger Durchzügler am Alpennordrand [The Short-toed Eagle in Bavaria: A Rare but Regular Migrant Along the Northern Fringe of the Alps] // Anzeiger der Ornithologische Gesellschaft in Bayern, 27 (1): 115-124. – Short-toed Eagle. file (De) /map/.

 

Posts about Short-toed Eagle on the UBPRC website

June 29th, 2014 / Comment

A website of the Ukrainian Birds of Prey Research Centre (Український центр досліджень хижих птахів) exists since 2008. Posts dedicated to Short-toed Eagle have also been published on it. They contain texts, tables and photos. The main of them are represented below:

Short-toed Eagle with prey at his traditional breeding siteК. Письменный, 2014 – Спостереження за змієїдами біля їхніх гніздових ділянок [Observations of Short-toed Eagles at their breeding sites] (Uk).

К. Письменный, 2013 – Некоторые результаты десятилетнего мониторинга змееяда на севере Украины [Some results of ten years monitoring of Short-toed Eagle in the North of Ukraine] (Ru) {related post}.

• С. Прокопенко, М. Бескаравайный, 2013 – Встречи змееядов в Крыму зимой 2013 года [Records of Short-toed Eagles in Crimea in winter 2013] (Ru) {related post}.

К. Письменный, 2010 – Спутниковое слежение за миграциями змееяда [Satellite tracking of the Short-toed Eagle migration] (Ru)(En).

С. Домашевский, М. Дравецки, М. Легоцки, М. Олекшак, 2010 – Результаты украинско-словацкой экспедиции на севере Украины [Results of Ukrainian-Slovac expedition to the north of Ukraine] (Ru)(En) {related post}.

К. Письменный, С. Домашевский, Р. Ватрасевич, 2010 – Практика установки защиты от куниц на гнездовых деревьях хищных птиц [The practice of installing protection against martens for nesting trees of birds of prey] (Ru)(En).

• 2011 – Создание онлайн-определителя возраста и пола змееяда [Creation of online handbook for aging and sexing of Short-toed Eagle] (Ru) {related post}.

• 2010 – Опыт спасения гнезда змееяда [The experience of saving Short-toed Eagle's nest] (Ru).

Rought translations from the original languages are available on the UBPRC website; please, use the special button in the header.