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Winter observations of Short-toed Eagle in Crimea

Feb 10, 2013 / 1 Comment

The following observations have been made for the first time in the history of studies in the Crimean Peninsula. The point, Cape Chauda /map/, is located strictly at the 45th parallel.

BESKARAVAYNYI M. 2012. Crimean PeninsulaWhile counting geese on Cape Chauda in the southern part of the Kerch Peninsula (Crimea, Ukraine) we have observed a young Short-toed Eagle (aged less than 1 year) on January 14, 2013. Then at the same location two individuals (male and female) in juvenile plumage too was observed on February 4, 2013. The birds were kept on a power pole surrounded by steppe.

Weather conditions in the autumn and winter of 2012/2013 years were soft, positive temperatures dominated, snowfall was rare and only for short periods. Observations in January and in February were made at above-zero temperature as well, snow cover was missing. Perhaps such weather conditions have caused Short-toed Eagles’ wintering in Crimea.

Possible prey items on Chauda: Steppe Viper (Vipera renardi); the snake is common there, but in warm winters can be active and can appear on the surface of the ground – we have seen them in previous winters; also voles couldn’t be excluded.

S. P. Prokopenko, M. M. Beskaravaynyi

Wintering in Spain and habitat in Greece

Mar 23, 2006 / 1 Comment

Here you can acquaint yourself with the work on the wintering of Short-toed Eagle and Booted Eagle in Spain:

• José Enrique Martínes y José Antonio Sánchez-Zapata, 1999 – Invernada de Aguililla Calzada (Hieraaetus pennatus) y Culebrera Europea (Circaetus gallicus) en España [Wintering of Booted Eagles and Short-toed Eagles in Spain] // Ardeola 46 (1): 93-96 – Short-toed Eagle. file (Es) (source – Ardeola website).

…and with the abstract of an article about Greek Short-toed Eagles:

D.E. Bakaloudis, C.G. Vlachos, G.J. Holloway, 1998 – Habitat Use by Short-Toed Eagles Circaetus gallicus and Their Reptilian Prey During the Breeding Season in Dadia Forest (North-Eastern Greece) // Journal of Applied Ecology, Vol. 35, No. 6: 821-828 (En) /map/ (source – the JSTOR database).