Two magpies drive sparrowhawk away

This 14 July 2016 video shows two magpies driving a sparrowhawk away from a garden in Noordwijkerhout in the Netherlands.

Cleem van Gool made this video.

Buzzards feeding, video

This video is about two buzzards feeding. The light-coloured bird in this case is a female, the darker one a male.

Inge Duijsens in the Netherlands made this video.

Female kestrel cleans feathers, video

This video shows a female kestrel cleaning her feathers on a fence in the Netherlands. It is the same female kestrel which sat on a traffic sign.

Female kestrel in stormy weather, video

This video from the Netherlands is about a female kestrel in stormy weather; balancing on a traffic sign while trying to catch mice.

In the background, a black-tailed godwit calls.

See also here.

Good Dutch red kite news

This is a red kite video from Spain.

Translated from the Dutch SOVON ornithologists, 22 January 2016:

The red kite is a rare breeding bird in our country, despite the proximity of a large German breeding population. So, the minimally eight breeding pairs of last year were downright sensational.

This can be seen in the list of rare breeding birds in the last Sovon-News. Annual breeding in our country of this species was considered a utopia among Dutch in birders. Is the red kite to stay or are we rejoicing too early?

Raptor conservation in India

This video is about an Amur falcon. One of the raptor species migrating through India.

From BirdLife:

Indian Government signs raptor conservation agreement

By Ed Parnell, Thu, 21/01/2016 – 11:28

India has become the 54th country to sign the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU), an important international agreement to protect migratory birds of prey.

Approval to sign the Raptors MOU was given by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a Cabinet meeting held on 30 December 2015. Although legally non-binding, the Raptors MOU –which was concluded under the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) – is an important instrument for the conservation of birds of prey.

“It gives us immense pleasure to congratulate the Prime Minister and Government for making India the 54th signatory to the Raptors MOU. This agreement is a big step forward for the monitoring, research and conservation of migratory species of raptors. We will be honoured if we can assist the Government in meeting India’s obligations under the treaty,” said Deepak Apte, Director of the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS, BirdLife in India).

Established in 1883, BNHS is among the oldest conservation organisations in the world, and over the course of its long history has carried out pioneering research and conservation on many birds of prey including South Asia’s critically endangered vultures, and other migratory raptors such as Amur Falcon Falco amurensis.

Although the migratory status of Asia’s vultures is in most cases ambiguous, they are in the process of being included in the Raptors MOU, which will be an important instrument in the fight to save them.

In November 2012, with significant input from BirdLife, the CMS adopted a resolution (Resolution 10.10) which, for the first time, essentially set out a global agenda for conservation along flyways – well-travelled routes used by birds during their migration, which often span continents and oceans. BirdLife also ensured effective resolutions were agreed on a number of key issues affecting raptors including agrochemicals, power lines and renewable energy. BirdLife provided much of the scientific information underpinning the Raptors MOU, which develops guidelines for national strategies for bird of prey conservation, and is working especially closely with the BirdLife’s Migratory Soaring Birds Project.