South African jackal buzzard’s nest saved


This video from South Africa is called Jackal Buzzard Male – Filmed by Greg Morgan.

From Wildlife Extra:

South African energy company re-routes electricity lines to save buzzard’s nest

A recent power outage affecting six towns near Vredendal, north of Cape Town in South Africa, was traced to a jackal buzzard that had made its nest in the wires and hatched two chicks.

Although jackal buzzards are not endangered, they play a vital role in the sensitive, arid landscape surrounding Vredendal, so engineers from the Eskom power company contacted the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) for assistance.

Although several suggestions were put forward on how to resolve the outage problem, one thought was common for both Eskom and the EWT – that the nest should not be removed.

It was decided that the best course of action, causing the least disturbance, would be to re-route the power line.

Eskom staff worked tirelessly throughout the day to ensure that the new section of the line was up before dark, with Lourens Leeuwner from the EWT keeping a careful eye on the two chicks in the nest, as well as the adult buzzard to ensure that the bird did not abandon its young.

Once power was restored to the new section of line, all materials were packed up and the area was vacated.

The following morning Leeuwner returned to the site to find the adult bird sitting on the nest with the two chicks, which both appeared to be in good health.

Good hen harrier news from England


This video says about itself:

Northern Harrier (Marsh Hawk) Circus cyaneus [called hen harrier in Britain]

* Family: Accipitridae,

* Genus: Circus,

* Species: C. cyaneus,

* Phylum: Chordata,

* Class: Aves,

* Order: Falconiformes or Accipitriformes,

* Type: Bird,

* Diet: Carnivore,

* Average lifespan in the wild: about 12 years,

* Size: 45–55 cm long with a 97–118 cm wingspan,

* Weight: average of 350 g to 530 g,

** The northern harrier is a sleek bird of prey with a long, narrow tail. The adult male is a pale gray color and the female has a brown back and brown-streaked belly.

More info here and here.

From Wildlife Extra:

Future for hen harriers looking bright in the Peak District

With the fledging of five hen harrier chicks, it seems that hen harriers are once again breeding successfully in the Peak District for the first time in eight years.

This is great news for the hen harrier, as the bird has been at serious threat in England for over sixty years, with their numbers declining primarily due to illegal persecution. In 2013 just two breeding pairs were reported in England, and no young fledged [for the first time] in over fifty years.

The hen harriers were nesting on land cared for by the National Trust in the Upper Derwent Valley. In late April 2014, two male hen harriers and a female were seen sky-dancing, which is the spectacular aerobatic mating routine of the birds. Then in early August, a nest containing five chicks was discovered by Geoff Eyre, a local National Trust shooting tenant. He alerted the Peak District Birds of Prey Initiative, who put a nest watch team in place to monitor the nest daily.

The Trust puts the success down to collaboration with a wide partnership of people and organisations, who all share the goal of protecting the birds and their nest as part of the National Trust’s High Peak Moors Vision, aiming to restore birds of prey in the area. “Having hen harriers breed successfully here in the Peak District is wonderful news,” comments Jon Stewart, the National Trust’s General Manager for the Peak District, “and would not have been possible without the hard work and commitment of all the people and organisations involved, which has been truly inspiring.”

The Trust continues to work closely with tenants and partners of the area, including the grouse-shooting community, in order to pursue the goal of its High Peak Moors Vision, which is committed to increasing the number of birds of prey on National Trust land in the Peak District.

Commenting on the fledging of the hen harrier chicks, Jon Stewart says: “This success is the first step towards a sustainable future for these magnificent birds; a future that can only be achieved by everyone continuing to work together, both here and across the English uplands.”

If you are lucky enough to see a hen harrier in the wild, the National Trust and the RSPB encourage you to report the sighting. You can do this via calling the hen harrier hotline on 0845 4600121, or emailing henharriers@rspb.org.uk. Please be prepared to include the date and location of the sighting, and a six-figure grid reference where possible.

Batumi, Georgia, big birds of prey migration


This video from Georgia says about itself:

Honey Buzzard migration, Batumi 2013-09-03

A short film of migrating Honey Buzzards in Batumi. The bottleneck of Batumi is probably one of the best places to be if you wanna see a lot of migrating raptors. In early september, the peak time of honey buzzards occurs and thousands of Honey Buzzards migrate.

As this blog noted, bird migration counters in the Netherlands considered yesterday, 27 August 2014, a good day, including 451 honey buzzards.

However, there are always other days, better than good days.

Today, 28 August, in Saghalvasho near Batumi, in Georgia, 81,666 honey buzzards were counted!

Other species there today: black stork 5. White stork 20. Black kite 246. Marsh harrier 64. Pallid harrier 1. Montagu’s harrier 288. Booted eagle 3. European roller 108.

Birds of prey migrating in the Netherlands


This video is about raptor migration in Panama.

The Dutch SOVON ornithologists report about migration of birds of prey.

Yesterday, 27 August 2017, was a good day for raptor migration.

451 honey buzzards were counted. And 278 marsh harriers; though most individuals of this species migrate in September.

There were 38 ospreys. And four Montagu’s harriers; one hen harrier, and a pallid harrier (claimed; experts still have to find out whether it was really that rare species).

Marsh harrier flying


This is video from Poland about marsh harriers and their nest.

This morgen, near Nieuw Vennep, a marsh harrier flying.