Friday, September 19, 2014

Cranes over the Aspromonte mountain

Yesterday a large flock of Cranes has been detected by radar flying over the Aspromonte mountain and we have counted about 200 cranes heading south. In the picture below (by Giovanni Cumbo) a record shot of this amazing flock. Moreover raptors are still moving across the study area and the most common species are Marsh Harriers, Lesser Kestrels and juvenile Honey Buzzards.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Egyptian Vulture over the Aspromonte mountain

After 6 days of fog and rain in the end yesterday there was a great sight over the Aspromonte mountain. Here below the Egyptian Vulture observed yesterday flying over our watchpoint. The picture was taken by Jack Ashton-Booth.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

News from the Aspromonte mountain

Today hundreds of raptors were observed moving over the Aspromonte under intermittant light rain showers. Some Honey Buzzards were forced to ground and had to endure the worst of the weather before continuing on their migration (see the pictures attached). Their migration speed was much slower and resulted in several parties of birds deciding to roost at the site before nightfall, as was the case for a flock of Black Kites pictured below and of the Honey Buzzard in the amazing picture taken by Jack Ashton-Booth.