Monday, April 29, 2019

News from the Strait of Messina

April has been a hard month at the Strait of Messina this year with many days of bad weather and strong southern wind. But in the end in these last days there have been the first waves of migrating Honey buzzards with more than a thousand of individuals counted by both watchpoints. Let's keep the fingers crossed for the next days!
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

New papers out now

Two other papers by Medraptors have been published. The first one describes the moult pattern of Marsh harriers during autumn migration at the Strait of Messina and was realized by analysing tons of pictures made during autumn 2016. The second one was made in the field of the activity of the Natural History Museum of Crete that has been monitoring the colonies of Eleonora's falcons since a long time. We used a broad-band marine radar to detect factors influencing the flight altitude of falcons in proximity of a colony located on a small rocky islet.Ramirez J., Panuccio M. 2019. Flight feather moult in Western Marsh Harriers during autumn migration. Avian Research 10:7.Xirouchakis S.M., Panuccio M. 2019. Hunting altitude of Eleonora's falcon (Falco eleonorae) over a breeding colony. Journal of Raptor Research 53(1): 56–65.
Sunday, March 24, 2019

News from the Strait of Messina

In the last week we started the monitoring activity at the Strait of Messina. We had a couple of great days of migration with hundreds of raptors and several days of bad weather. In this period the most abundant species is the Marsh Harrier but there are many other species passing together, such as Sparrowhawks, Black kites, Pallid harriers, Booted eagles and of course the Short-toed Eagle of the picture below (by Carmelo Fiore).
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