Monday, October 20, 2014

Steppe Buzzard over Marettimo

Steppe buzzards are not always easy to distinguish from individuals of the nominal subspecies. Also because of the large overlap area in Eastern Europe where several birds show intermediate characters between the two subspecies. Therefore, here in the Central Mediterranean area, it's a kind of satisfaction when you catch the sight of a buzzard that clearly is a vulpinus. In the picture below a shot of an individual migrating at the island of Marettimo (Western Sicily). It is possible to identify it thanks to the distinct trailing edge, the fine barring remiges and the subterminal tail-band typical of adult individuals.   

Sunday, October 12, 2014

News from Marettimo island

Despite the very strong southern wind some raptors are reaching the island of Marettimo. Yesterday a flock of about 100 Black Kites has been observed. Moreover Short-toed Eagles, Marsh Harriers, Common and Steppe Buzzards are hunting along the ridge of the main relief waiting for a changing wind.