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Monitoring of Short-toed Eagle in France in 2017

Dec 11, 2018 / Comment

The total scale of collected data in the journal of the ST Eagle national monitoringSummary table of Short-toed Eagle monitoring data program in France is impressive and deserves special attention:

Cahier de la surveillance 2017. Circaète Jean-le-Blanc Circaetus gallicus [Journal of the Short-toed Eagle monitoring in 2017] // short-toed-eagle.net.

Thanks a lot to Renaud Nadal for sharing that remarkable review!

 

Staying in N France and migration in S Turkey

Oct 31, 2018 / Comment

Two Short-toed Eagles together, Brassoir - 2016 / by Rémi MalignatHenry de Lestanville describes in his paper staying of 2 Short-toed Eagles at Brassoir in summer 2016 and the current status of the species in Picardy /map/:

• Henry DE LESTANVILLE, 2018 – Stationnement de deux Circaètes Jean-le-blanc Circaetus gallicus à Brassoir en 2016 [Staying of two Short-toed Eagles at Brassoir in 2016] // Avocette, 42 (1) – Revue naturaliste de Picardie Nature: pp. 3-8. – Short-toed Eagle. file (Fr).

An impressive number of ST Eagles migrating at Sarimazi, Southern Turkey /map/, in autumn 2018 is reported on the Egyptian Vulture New LIFE site: 10853. This raises a lot of questions about real strength of their streams from Eastern Europe. Many thanks to Gábor Papp for sharing!

 

Monitoring of ST Eagle in Lozère and Cévennes in 2017

Apr 30, 2018 / Comment

Monitoring of Short-toed Eagle in the Cévennes National Park /map/ and Lozère was continued by local conservationists in 2017:

Jean-Pierre et Isabelle MALAFOSSE, 2017 – Le Circaète Jean-le-Blanc, résultats pour 2017. 17 years old (18cy) Short-toed Eagle male hunts / by Michel REYNÉSuivi des Rapaces forestiers en Lozère et dans le Parc National des Cévennes [Short-toed Eagle, results for 2017. Monitoring of Raptors in Lozère and in the Cévennes National Park], rapport interne C.R.B.P.O./ P.N.C.: 13 p. – Short-toed Eagle. file (Fr), Short-toed Eagle. file (En) {rough translation}.

Our sincere gratitude to Jean-Pierre and Isabelle for sharing the report, as well as to Ferenc and Gábor Papp for its translation to English!

 

Monitoring in the Alpes de Haute-Provence in 2017

Mar 9, 2018 / Comment

Breeding site Dur05, in the Mediterranean forest of Aleppo pinesPlease, read the next review by Cédric Arnaud:

• Cédric ARNAUD, 2017 – Suivi du Circaète Jean-le-blanc dans les Alpes de Haute-Provence. Rétrospective 2017 [Monitoring of Short-toed Eagle in the Alpes de Haute-Provence. Review for 2017]: 27 p. – Short-toed Eagle. file (Fr) {rough translation}.

The list of contents (Fr): Partenaires – 2; Zone d’étude – 3; Résultats du suivi 2017 (résultats, répartition) – 4; Résultats du suivi de la reproduction (données chiffrées, discussion, taux de reproduction et effort de suivi, échantillon de suivi) – 9; Visite des nids en fin de saison de reproduction (arbres supports, emplacement des nids, matériaux de construction) – 12; Régime alimentaire – 17; Demandes particulières de suivi ou d’intervention avant travaux – 17; Interventions d’information, de sensibilisation et d’échanges – 18; Observations particulières – 20; Fiche de dérangement – 23; Centres de sauvegarde de la faune sauvage et circaètes blessés – 23; Base de données en ligne et accessibilité aux partenaires – 24; Participants – 24; Campagne de suivi & objectifs 2018 (échéances, objectifs) – 26; Résumé – 27.

 

Bernard Joubert’s article on communication of ST Eagles

Dec 10, 2017 / Comment

Photos taken by Bernard Joubert: Short-toed Eagles' communication posturesThe following paper by Bernard Joubert on Short-toed Snake Eagle communication abilities was recently published:

• Bernard JOUBERT, 2017 – Circaète Jean-le-Blanc : des "mots" pour le dire [Short-toed Eagle: "words" to tell] // Rapaces de France, n° 19: pp. 54-55. – Short-toed Eagle. file (Fr) {rough translation}.

The summary

Short-toed Snake Eagles have the rich social language, various tools which help them to express their intentions and relation to behaviour of other representatives of their species. The main problem of studying their behavioural language is defined by difficulties of correct interpretations. Besides various vocal signals, these eagles reveal a rich body language vocabulary, thanks to the extraordinary plasticity of their plumage, which is used for hovering in different airflows while hunting. Simplistically, 3 types of signals are identified: those related to movements, postures and holding of plumage.

Examples of the gestural communication are: aggressive demonstratively slow and strong wing-beats, so-called «vulture» flights, territorial «festoon» display flights.

Communicating through postures includes: an aggressive «albatross» posture, a posture of «angel» which is used for marking a chosen nest for the partner.

Communicating through appearance changes at close contacts comprises states of occipital feathers and pupil size, which can express both tension and relaxation of birds.

This brief review is nothing more than an invitation to observe and puzzle out those various and subtle means of ST Eagles’ communication.

 

Lozère & the Cévennes National Park. Overview for 2016

Mar 29, 2017 / Comment

Just one more annual overview of Short-toed Snake Eagle monitoring in the Cévennes National Park /map/ and Lozère for 2016:

This 2cy Short-toed Eagle was photographed by Bastin MEISE in Central Germany on August 1, 2015Jean-Pierre et Isabelle MALAFOSSE, 2016 – Le Circaète Jean-le-Blanc, résultats pour 2016. Suivi des Rapaces forestiers en Lozère et dans le Parc National des Cévennes [Short-toed Eagle, results for 2016. Monitoring of Raptors in Lozère and in the Cévennes National Park], rapport interne C.R.B.P.O./ P.N.C.: 10 p. – Short-toed Eagle. file (Fr), Short-toed Eagle. file (En) {rough translation}.

Great thanks to Jean-Pierre and Isabelle for sharing this, to Ferenc and Gábor Papp for their kind help in the translation of the text to English!

 

Life of Short-toed Eagles in photos by Bernard Joubert

Feb 19, 2017 / Comment

JOUBERT B. 2010-2016. Haute-LoireThese amazing pictures and text were published in the latest La Plume du Circaète. Few of them were included in the previous galleries of Bernard Joubert on our site. Then, several new photos taken in March 2016 have been added and described by the author. Many thanks to him for sharing the pictures and especially for detailed comments on them, also to Ferenc and Gábor Papp for their kind help in the translation!

Moments of life

During these 20 years, while we have been following the Short-toed Eagles, we could obtain numerous pictures taken in ideal conditions, some of which we later published, however, I never played with the thought seriously that I should take advantage of it since photography is very laborious and has little use in conservation.

Nevertheless, in 2010, I decided that I would give it a try at a nest site where I could do it without any disturbance. In January, I built a hide, which I dug in the ground about twenty metres from the nest. I made a frame of beech and covered it with smaller pine branches. This nest site seemed to attract this particular pair, they visited it during last autumn several times.

I made myself comfortable in the hide in the first days of March, not knowing how remarkable moments and wonderful events of the everyday life I would experience soon.

I used a quite mediocre Nikon camera with 110 mm equivalent focus length*, but still I could record their whole breeding cycle except incubation without being noticed by them.

I would like to share a few pictures…

Bernard Joubert

* – also, photos taken with Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 are included.