Friday, March 31, 2017

Strait of Messina - poachers in the '70s

An interesting video document from the '70s that shows the "adorno" festival in a small village inland of the Strait of Messina. The festival was yearly organized by hunters/poachers to celebrate the killing of the Honey Buzzards. The hawk shoother who did not shoot to any raptors in the season was named the mayor of the village and was bringed around the village for derision.

Monday, March 27, 2017

News from the Strait of Messina

Today we observed a good passage of raptors with two beautiful male pallid harriers and tens of male marsh harriers. Moreover we recorded three black storks and the first cuckoo of the season. Follow our count.

Friday, March 24, 2017

News from the Strait of Messina

In these days we observed a passage of hundreds of Marsh harriers together with many other species such as Booted eagles, Black kites, Sparrowhawks, Kestrels and Lesser kestrels, Montagu's and Pallid harriers, Ospreys. As usual in March, most of the Marsh harriers observed were males and they migrated in small flocks or singly.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Raptor migration in NW Turkey: New paper out now!

After some years from the fieldwork I'm really happy to announce that has been published our paper relying on raptor migration in North West Turkey on Ardeola. It was a project totally carried out by MEDRAPTORS and aimed to provide data on the behaviour of migrating raptors in relation to weather conditions. Despite several different raptor counts performed at the Bosphorous there wasn't any published information showing how wind and other weather parameters interact with raptor migration. Moreover no available data from the Dardanelles were available. Therefore our paper fills a gap providing new important results that clearly show species-specific differences among raptors migrating across the straits of Turkey.
To download the paper, click on the link below.