Friday, April 20, 2012

Red-handed Marsh Harrier

Here following a nice picture of a Marsh Harrier that is eating eggs in a nest inside a reeds. The picture was made, some days ago, in Apulia (southern Italy) in the Lake Salso wetland. In that area Marsh Harrier is a common species during spring migration (ph.M.Caldarella-CSN).

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Honey Buzzard spring migration

The next 20th April we'll start the monitoring of Honey Buzzard migration for the fourth year on the Tyrrhenian islands, north of Sicily. This study is realized in the field of Raptor Migration Monitoring Project of LIPU (Bird Life Italy). We will update you on developments of the project.

Sunday, April 15, 2012


Do you fancy attending a free educational training in Sicily?
We are an Italian environmental organization who has recently been granted for a Grundtvig in-service training about “CULTURE AND NATURE IN MEDITERRANEAN ENVIRONMENT”. The course is completely free* and fully funded by the European Union and will take place in the Sicily from September 24rd to September 28th, 2012.
Please find here the official EU directory training database link:

The deadline for submitting applications is April 30th, 2012. If interested, please follow the steps below:

1) Download the application form “Grundtvig In-Service Training Application eForm 2012".

2) Please submit the file, print out the application form and send it out via regular mail to the address of your national agency.

For further information contact:
Training Course Director - Legambiente[at]

*The package includes travel, accommodation, meals, transportation and trainings.

Friday, April 6, 2012

News from the Strait of Gibraltar

Last days of March, up to the beginning of April, we made observations at the Strait of Gibraltar for the second year together with the ornithologists of Fundacion Migres who are working there. The weather conditions had been bad for many days with a strong eastern wind, but in the end we recorded good passages of Booted Eagles, Black Kites and Short-toed Snake Eagles. Among other species: Egyptian Vultures, Griffon Vultures, Ospreys, Marsh Harriers, Montagu's Harriers, Lesser Kestrels. To see the results of daily counts visit the blogsite of Fundacion Migres:
In the pictures below one Booted Eagles and one Black Kite approaching the spanish coast of the Strait and a resident Black-Shouldered Kite.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Mating of Egyptian Vultures in southern Italy

An amazing video made some days ago in Basilicata by Matteo Visceglia. A pair of Egyptian Vultures during the coupling. This is one of the last pairs in continental Italy. To read more (in italian) visit the website of Matera Natura.