Greek Eleonora’s falcons’ research


This is an Eleonora’s falcon video.

From the Conservation Measures for Falco eleonorae in Greece site:

Satellite telemetry of Eleonora’s Falcon migration

For the first time in Greece, satellite telemetry is being used for tracking of Eleonora’s Falcons migration from Greece to their wintering areas in SE Africa and Madagascar, in order to investigate the migration routes followed by the birds.

For this purpose, birds were equipped with light, solar-powered satellite transmitters based on ARGOS system, which are used worldwide to track movements of various animal and avian species. Technological developments during the last years allowed for the creation of lighter transmitters suitable for monitoring of smaller species, such as Eleonora’s Falcon.

In continuation of the LIFE Project «Conservation Measures for Falco eleonorae in Greece» (LIFE03NAT/GR/000091), 4 Eleonora’s Falcons (2 adults and 2 juveniles) were equipped with satellite transmitters in their colony on the island of Andros.

The present research action is being implemented by the Hellenic Ornithological Society in collaboration with the University of Patras and German scientists from abroad with expertise in satellite tracking of Eleonora’s falcons. The fieldwork was further supported by the Andros local voluntary groups and by the Andros Holy Church.

Similar actions have been implemented during the recent years in Spain (Balearic Islands) and on Sardinia and demonstrate that, on the contrary to the earlier perception that Eleonora’s Falcons migrate routes follow the coast of Northern Africa, they actually cross directly the Sahara desert to reach their destination as fast as possible.

Eleonora’s falcons vary migration routes depending on the weather: here.

A colony of more than 70 breeding pairs of Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae) was discovered on the Oran coast by Algerian and French biologists last October. The new colony in one of the most important site for the species in the whole Mediterranean coast of North African coast. In their article published recently, Telailia et al. (2013) were right when they stated that “Algerian coast could support other large colonies that should be discovered, surveyed, and conserved”. Below is the report about the course of events that led to this important discovery: here.

The colonies of Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae) in the Maghreb: With the recent discovery of a large colony of Eleonora’s Falcon in the Oran coast, the study of the colony at Serigina Island (Algeria), and monitoring of the Essaouira archipelago population (Morocco), knowledge about this iconic species in our region has much improved. We summarise here all known breeding colonies of Eleonora’s Falcon in the three Maghreb countries (Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia), and the last estimation of the number of breeding pairs in each site will also be cited (if mentioned in the source): here.

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