This article mentioned here in 2006 is available online now:
After Langeac (2004), Nadaillac (2008), and Florac (2012) the 4th Circaetus meeting took place in Roquefixade (the Ariège Department), on October 8th and 9th, 2016. Forty naturalists involved in the monitoring of the species, found themselves there at the invitation of Nature Midi-Pyrénées and LPO Mission Rapaces, to share their experience of the studies. The total number of the meeting participants was about fifty. The program illustrated the diversity of birders’ approaches within their means and goals.
The following detailed article dedicated to ecological and ethological aspects of biology of Short-toed Eagle had been published 35 years ago. The text addresses a variety of topics and can be of great interest to anyone who is studying the species. It is printed on 87 pages, has many beautiful pictures and includes data on distribution and conservation of STE on the Italian Peninsula:
• Silvio BRUNO, Fabio PERCO, 1980 – Considerazioni ecologiche ed etologiche sul Biancone (Circaetus gallicus) [Ecological and ethological considerations on Short-toed Eagle] // Natura bresciana, vol. 17: pp. 124-210. – (It).
The article is available on the Museo di Scienze webpage.
For the first time tracked 2nd CY Short-toed Eagle has returned to Europe from Africa. This is Egidio which was fitted with a satellite transmitter in Regional Park Gallipoli Cognato /map/ in 2013. European observers have a good chance to see the bird in the nature. As Ugo Mellone said, it would be great to observe the behaviour of this young Short-toed Eagle in the field and his interactions with breeding pairs.
Thanks to Ugo for kindly informing us!
This photo has been taken by Corrado De Francesco in south-eastern Piedmont /map/ on April 12th. The author observed three ST Eagles and one of them had something reminding a transmitter or other similar equipment on its back. If anybody knows what it could really be or who could be the owner of the device, please, inform us:
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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.
The eagle was born on the 18th of May 1989 in Tolfa Hills, 40 km north of Rome. The parental pair built the nest on a very large deciduous oak tree covered with ivy on the north facing slope of the hill, at 400 metres of altitude.
On the 27th of June 1989 P0845 reached the maximum weight of 1,800 grams, then the weight decreased, as it is usual among fledging eagles in the study area, and on the 17th of July, when the eagle left the nest, she weighed 1,680 grams. She was fitted with a backpack radio for ground telemetry and moved within the home range for a couple of months. Contact with her was lost on the 20th of September 1989, when the eagle probably left the area to reach the wintering ground in Africa.
On the 16th of September 2012 the body of P0845 was found dead at a distance of only 9 km from the ringing site. The body was brought to the Raptor Center in Vico Lake Nature Reserve, but death causes are unknown. P0845 was at least 23 years and 4 months old and I suppose this is a longevity record for the species.
The HoverOverUs • Short-toed-Eagle site started 7 years ago. Now it is a collection of various materials dedicated to Short-toed Eagle with various navigation tools which help to find quickly (as we hope) what you exactly need. Here is a short review of the content:
I » First of all the Texts section – 121 text documents, 77 of which are placed on our site and have roughly translatable versions; among them collection of unique specialized periodical bulletin, La Plume du Circaète, is put separately because every issue of it can be attributed to too many Categories on the site.
II » 35 photo galleries – many images have explanations of scenes of Short-toed Eagles’ life which are difficult to be found anywhere else; among them special Age/Sex Handbook – Photos of Short-toed Eagles of age & sex known for certain – created in 2011 by initiative of Francesco Petretti.
III » Among Videos we would like to mark Françoise Gérardin’s film “Jean-le-Blanc au pays des sorcières” – the full-length video has recently been uploaded to YouTube in memory of the author; and also Vincenzo Rizzo Pinna‘s videos made by automatic cameras.
V » This post is 215th since 2005 – please use the detailed Categories menu to navigate them all; Categories describe mainly forms of representing information and we are going to use also post tags for fuller and more clear describing the subjects.
VII » During seven years only 106 comments have been left on the site – so, it is not a place of active conversation, but nevertheless I write here “we” because remarkable things have appeared on the site thanks to remarkable not indifferent people, thanks to their help, their interesting ideas and sincere support!
with gratitude and hope for the common support in the next 7 years,