Saturday, April 26, 2014

News from the Strait of Messina

A first heavy passage of Honey Buzzards was recorded yesterday at the Strait of Messina after some days of rain, fog and clouds. On the anniversary of the Liberation from fascism in Italy, several hundreds of Honey Buzzards have been observed moving toward north along the valleys of the Aspromonte mountain. Together with them many Marsh Harriers, Montagu's Harriers and some Booted Eagles, Hobbys and Kestrels. Unfortunately many individuals were shot by poachers in the evening when raptors went to roost and  passed low over the houses of the Calabrian villages. This was possible because of the lack of control by the Forestry rangers who have not yet started  the anti-poaching operations.
To read more (in italian) click here: Gea-press

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New B.Sc. thesis!

Some days ago Sara Capotosti discussed her thesis in Informatics at the University La Sapienza of Rome. She developed a web portal in order to support the research related to raptor movements and their dissemination basing on MEDRAPTORS activity. The title of the thesis is: "RaptorMigration a web portal for the study and the observations of migrating raptors". We congratulate with her and we hope to launch a new MEDRAPTORS website realized thanks to her thesis next summer.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

New project!

We started a new project together with the association Ornis Italica in order to investigate the migration of raptors at the Strait of Messina. The aim of this research is to collect data on the flight behaviour of migrating raptors. The fieldwork started at the beginning of April and will go on until the 20th of May. Also the autumn migration will be monitored between the 10th of August and the end of September. Up to now we monitored the passage of Marsh Harriers and Montagu's Harriers moving along the slope of the Aspromonte mountain on the continental side of the Strait.
If you are interested in this project write to us.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

News from the Strait of Messina

At the Strait of Messina relevant numbers of Marsh Harriers are still moving toward North. Yesterday dozens of individuals have crossed the Strait together with Lesser Kestrels, Pallid Harriers and few individuals of some other species such as the Booted Eagle and the Hen Harrier.