Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Autumn news: short-toed eagle tracking, new posters and new paper

It is now possible to follow on our website (in the PROJECTS page) the migration of two short-toed eagles: Egidio, tagged in the 2013 as a juvenile and now adult, and his son Michele, tagged this year in July.

In this picture by Victor Muñoz, you can see Michele in Basilicata, just a few days before the departure.


Moreover, three posters from the recent Italian Ornithological Congress in Naples have been uploaded. They deal with the migration of raptors and bee-eaters at the Strait of Messina, and on the use of rubbish dumps by black kites.

Finally, you can find in the papers page also a new study to which we collaborated focused on the migration of the lesser kestrel at a pan-European scale.




Sunday, August 18, 2019

News from the Strait of Messina

A new fieldwork season began at the Strait of Messina. After a week of observations, ca. 1500 raptors were counted, mostly Black Kites. In the picture (by Michele Cento), a flock of Black Kites roosting yesterday at sunset, very close the observation post.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Two new papers out now!

In the first one we analyze for the first time three autumn and three spring migrations of an adult European Honey Buzzard belonging to the population breeding in Central-eastern Europe tracked by satellite telemetry.

Agostini N, Prommer M, Váczi M, Panuccio M 2019. Repeated large scale loop migrations of an adult European Honey Buzzard. Avocetta 43: 13-21.

In the other one we investigate the composition and abundance of wintering raptors in Rome.

Panuccio M, Foschi F, Todini A, Baldi A, Dominicis N, De Filippis P, Casini S, De Pisa G, Palmeri A 2019. Better to stay downtown or in the countryside? Raptors wintering in urban and rural protected areas of Rome (Central Italy). Avocetta 43: 67-73.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Michele: a young short-toed eagle tagged with GPS



Some days ago, exactly 30 days after Michele's death, we tagged with a satellite transmitter this young short-toed eagle, that could only be called Michele. One of its parents is Egidio, a short-toed eagle that we have been following since its birth and that this year bred successfully for the first time. We hope that Michele will soon fly across European and African skies! We thank Ornis Italica for the collaboration.



Monday, July 15, 2019

New papers: radar software an wintering raptors


Two papers on very different arguments have been recently published: one deals with the Hypatia-trackRadar softaware calibrated and used to monitor raptor migration in the Strait of Messina, and the other one on the wintering raptors in the islands of Crete and Sicily.

Capotosti, S., Scacco, M., Nelli, L., Dell'Omo, G., Panuccio, M. 2019. Hypatia-trackRadar: A software for animal tracking using marine surveillance radars. Ecological Informatics 53: in press.




Panuccio M., Agostini N., Nelli L., Andreou G., Xirouchachis S. 2019. Factors shaping distribution and abundance of raptors wintering in two large Mediterranean islands. Community Ecology 20: 93-103.





You can download them from our page


Friday, June 21, 2019

Goodbye Michele, have a nice flight

Tuesday 18 June Michele left us after a week of suffering. The funeral ceremony took place on Thursday 20 June in the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere. Michele - as he required - was buried in Calabria, in Gioiosa Ionica.


Monday, April 29, 2019

News from the Strait of Messina

April has been a hard month at the Strait of Messina this year with many days of bad weather and strong southern wind. But in the end in these last days there have been the first waves of migrating Honey buzzards with more than a thousand of individuals counted by both watchpoints. Let's keep the fingers crossed for the next days!