Saturday, September 28, 2013

A new breeding pair of Egyptian Vulture in Southern Italy

After ten years a breeding pair of Egyptian Vultures has nested in the "Gravina of Laterza". An impressive canion valley located in Apulia, southern Italy. The chick was born in late June while he fledged in September, a bit later for this species that starts the migration in late August. This is a great piece of  news because the italian population of this species is dramatically declining and less than ten pairs are still active. 
This nest was found and monitored from our member Gianpasquale Chiatante who is carrying out a Ph.D. at the University of Pavia on the study of bird communities of the Bari Province in Apulia. Here following three amazing picuters taken by Gianpasquale with the valley of Laterza, the chick in the nest and the two adults.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

XVII Italian Congress of Ornithology

Shots from the XVII Italian Congress of Ornithology
Trento 11-15 September 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

MEDRAPTORS - XVII Italian Congress of Ornithology

In the next days the XVII Italian Congress of Ornithology will be held in Trento. On Friday Medraptors will present an oral communication with the proposal of long term monitoring of migrating raptors in Italy highlighting also some priorities of conservation in relation with the identification of new Important Bird Areas for the migration of raptors in Italy.
Moreover on Saturday Ugo Mellone will present the results of satellite tracking of three species of raptors and a poster with preliminary data of the diet of kestrels in Central Italy (here following) will be showed. Finally our colleague Mauro Santini from Ornis Italica will present an oral speech showing radar application to study bird behaviour.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Eurapmon on the special issue of Acrocephalus journal

A special number of Acrocephalus journal has been made to publish papers resulting from the Eurapmon network meeting that has been held in Mursia (Spain) in February 2012. 25 papers describe the conservation status and the research state for raptors in 25 European countries. Medraptors research activity is reported in the Italian and Greek papers.  
To dowload the papers click on the picture below.