The following two texts are dedicated to notable physical abilities of Short-toed Eagles and, like the previous one of Bernard Joubert, are going to be included in the next issue of La Plume du Circaète (Fr):
The images of an eagle killing a snake is quite widely distributed and can be found in various works of art in different countries, with different cultural traditions, rather geographically distant from each other. Some considerations to this matter are given by Bernard Joubert in his short essay for the next issue of the La Plume du Circaète bulletin which is prepared for release in the near future:
We would like to bring to your attention the 5th gallery of photos taken by Bernard Joubert at a nest of Short-toed Eagle in Haute-Loire /map/. Although the pair has eventually occupied another (last year’s) nest for the breeding, Bernard’s camera has captured scenes of the early nesting behaviour of the birds. Thanks to the researcher, we have a possibility to see unique moments of this eagles’ life once again.
One more season of Short-toed Eagles’ stay in Europe has begun recently. Observers watched the first scenes of their breeding activity. Please enjoy some pictures and photos:
At the first blush the pictures by Francesco are simple and rough, but they are accurate and for an experienced observer all the depicted scenes are easy to imagine in reality.
Bernard Joubert observed the same Short-toed Eagles at their old nest in Haute-Loire /map/ since March 10th. The pair occupied the nest also in 2009 and 2012 years. A special hide allows getting unique knowledge of the behaviour of the eagles and taking magnificent photos. According to a recent message from Bernard, the female has finally chosen another nest – one that was occupied in 2013.
My observations at breeding sites of ST Eagles in Kiev Region /map/ began on April 5th. Like in Haute-Loire the same old pair at first seems to be going to occupy the same nest, for 4th year in a row. Now we have to wait and see what will happen next.
Please, enjoy the article published in Terre Sauvage and pictures of Short-toed Eagles adorning the text. These magnificent photos are taken by professional nature photographer David Allemand who has worked on the eagles in the Natural Regional Park of the Verdon /map/ during three years:
• Johannes BRAUN, 2013 – Circaète Jean-le-Blanc. Chasseur d’écailles [Short-toed Eagle. Hunter for scaly ones] // Terre Sauvage, n° 290, Mars-Avril: pages 38-44. – (Fr). The article was prepared in collaboration with Jean-Pierre Malafosse, Bernard Joubert and Renaud Nadal.
• 3e Rencontre Circaète : Florac, 13 et 14 Octobre 2012 (Fr). Heartfelt thanks to Renaud Nadal for sharing this! The meeting was successful. Let’s wish the organizers to maintain this good tradition in the future!
This gathering of French specialists will be open to any foreign colleagues who want to participate.
Saturday 13th oct / from 9h30 until evening : indoor conferences.
Sunday 14th oct / outdoor visit : on the high limestone plateaux on the Lozère Causses.