- For the first time in Romania two Lesser Spotted Eagle chicks have been found in one nest
- Results of the 6th International “Milvus” Nature Photography Contest
- Several nests of Montagu’s Harriers, one of the rarest breeding raptor species in Romania, are in danger
- Rescuing a Red-footed Falcon colony from disappearing
- Arlie the Lesser Spotted Eagle arrives back in Romania
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This year, Members of Milvus Group continued to verify the Lesser Spotted Eagle nests, the breeding success and the threatening factors in the breeding season and ringing the chicks in the two Natura 2000 sites. The activity is part of “LIFE08 NAT/RO/000501 project – Conservation of the Lesser Spotted Eagle in Romania – other conservation activities were also implemented.
On the 22th of July, during synchronic raptor observations on the Dealurile Târnavelor and Valea Nirajului Natura 2000 sites, we identified more Lesser Spotted Eagle territories and the approximate location of their nests. Continue reading
81 photographers sent pictures from 12 countries
Free topic: 304 photos
Photo essay: 480 photos in 95 essays
The Grand Prize (First place winner of the competition)
Kis Csaba/Hungary – „Light and fantasy Continue reading
Several nests of Montagu’s Harriers, one of the rarest breeding raptor species in Romania, are in danger
The Montagu’s Harrier Circus pygargus is a migratory raptor species, which has a large distribution from the Iberian Peninsula to Western Mongolia and which winters in Africa and India. It is mainly a lowland species, however in certain regions occupies high plateaus up to 1500m. The distribution of this species in Romania is poorly known, but the breeding population is most likely well below 100 pairs. Continue reading
Arlie, the Lesser Spotted Eagle which the Conservation of the Lesser Spotted Eagle LIFE project team have been tracking by satellite transmitter since last year, has arrived back in Romania after a long migration through Africa. On Wednesday, his GPS coordinates showed him to flying at about 1260m altitude over the Carpathian Curve, around 50 km East of Brașov.
Since leaving his nest 206 days ago, in September last year, Arlie has travelled 24468 km. His journey took him through three continents and 17 countries. From the 1106 transmissions we received from him, his journey could be charted down through the Bosphorus bottleneck and along the east coast of Africa, before veering west to Namibia where he spent the winter.
Deadline for sending pictures to contest is extended to 21st of June!
As spring rolls around, it is time once again forthe Milvus International Photography Contest. This year it will be the 6thedition of the competition and Milvus Group welcomes photographers with the new and challenging category ofthe photo essay: a series of nature photos, in black and white or colour, built around a theme. You can find more details in the invitation. Photo submission deadline: 14 June 2014.
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The Zoological Museum of Babeș-Bolyai University in collaboration with the Romanian Ornithological Society and “Milvus Group” Bird and Nature Protection Association organizes temporary exhibition “Birds in our neighbourhood” between 19.03 and 10.05.2014.
The exhibition presents bird species in agricultural habitats, villages and forests, using drawings in pencil – created for the bird identification manual of the Romanian Ornithological Society and Milvus Group, “Common Birds of Romania” – by artists Zsoldos Márton and Deák Attila.
Artistic drawings are completed with information about the anatomy and morphology of birds, with introductory notions on ornithology as well as the description of common bird species in Romania. Stuffed birds, different nests and eggs (of birds) accompany the art exhibition.
Opening: 19.03.2014, 12:00 p.m.
The book “Common Birds in Romania” will be presented within the opening.
On the 5th of March, the Gurghiu Forest District contacted Vets4Wild Association about two bear cubs that had recently been taken into the institution’s custody. The two small females (approximately 2 months old, both female) were found a few days earlier by a local from Ibănești (Mureș county), who immediately reported the case to the local foresters. Colleagues from Vets4wild and from the Milvus Group went to Gurghiu the same day to take the cubs somewhere they could be looked after until they were old enough to return to the wild unassisted. After a night spent in Tirgu Mures, the following morning the two small bears were transported and handed over to the Orphaned Bear Rehabilitation Center, which is led by Leonardo Bereczky (Hășmaș Mountains, Harghita county). Continue reading
At noon on a Thursday in February, the musician Andrei Dinescu was walking on the banks of Danube near Cetate in Southern Romania when he came across a huge raptor. The beautiful bird was alive but helpless, visibly suffering cramps and spasms in her gut. As he got closer, the bird stood still, breathing deeply and looking straight at him. Realising the bird needed help, Andrei phoned Ferenc Zudor from Cetate Cultural Port, a cultural centre where Andrei lives. Ferenc came quickly and, together, they took her to the Cetate Cultural Port. After searching on the internet, they found the Romanian Ornithological Society (ROS), based in Bucahrest, to whom they sent pictures of the injured bird. Continue reading