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Milvus Group organizes ringing camp at Chituc sandbank

_DSC6547Chituc sandbank, located at the eastern extremity of Romania between Lake Sinoe and the Black Sea, is acting as a funnel regarding the migration of songbirds. To study the intensity and dynamics of migration, Milvus Group organized two ringing camps here in 1996 and 1997. This year between the 5th of August and 1st of November, the third ringing camp takes place on Chituc, and it’s one of the largest ever organized ringing camps in Romania and the largest ornithological event of 2014 in our country, because the continuous ringing activity lasts over 13 weeks. Continue reading

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Weakened Yelkouan Shearwater on Chituc (Danube Delta)

veszmadarOn the 8th of August participants of the Chituc ringing camp found a weakened Yelkouan Shearwater (Puffinus yelkouan) in the sea, near the shore.

After it was captured, the bird was examined and fed with small-sized fish. Continue reading

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Saving a Golden Eagle chick

IMG_3406Each year, raptor specialists from Milvus Group check nests in the breeding period. The primary aims are to ascertain the breeding status of the birds, to ring the chicks and to determine the threats to successful breeding.  On the 25th of June the specialists visited the nest of a pair of Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos), where they found an unpleasant scene. The original nest in a scots pine had fallen from its position, most likely due to damage caused by a storm. Continue reading

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For the first time in Romania two Lesser Spotted Eagle chicks have been found in one nest

Lesser Spotted Eagle nest with two chicks on sycamore tree (Vidacut)

Lesser Spotted Eagle nest with two chicks on sycamore tree (Vidacut)

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

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Results of the 6th International “Milvus” Nature Photography Contest

photocontestlogoLocation: Tg.Mures – Romania
Judging date: 28th of June 2014
Members of the jury:
Tamás András AFIAP – RO, president of jury
Kerekes István EFIAP/p – HU
Dan Dinu AFIAP, PhotoLife – RO

 81 photographers sent pictures from 12 countries
Free topic: 304 photos
Photo essay: 480 photos in 95 essays

Sponsor:Photosetup logo ALB verticala pe NEGRU


The Grand Prize (First place winner of the competition)

Kis Csaba/Hungary – „Light and fantasy13 Continue reading

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Several nests of Montagu’s Harriers, one of the rarest breeding raptor species in Romania, are in danger


Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus)

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

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Successful breeding in a Romanian Saker Falcon artificial nest

P1150143Arthur – the first Saker Falcon to nest in Banat region after their return to the area – was first seen with his pair by Milvus Group ornithologists at the end of February in that year, near a high voltage pylon from Banat region. Atop of the pylon there was a nest made of twigs and the territorial behaviour of Arthur and his pair suggested that it could be the third Saker Falcon nest from Banat region. Continue reading

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Rescuing a Red-footed Falcon colony from disappearing


Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus)

The Red-footed Falcon is our only migratory raptor species which breeds in colonies. Over the previous decades, Red-footed Falcon populations across much of its European habitat range have suffered a decrease and, for this reason, it has become a priority species in the European Union. Red-footed Falcons are unable to make their own nest, instead occupying rooks nests. As such, the destiny of Red-footed Falcon’s population is strictly related to the conservation status of Rook. Continue reading

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Arlie the Lesser Spotted Eagle arrives back in Romania

ArlieArlie, 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.

Arlie migration routeHis return, following roughly the same route, has so far taken just under two months. However, we must still wait a few days before he reaches his nesting area near Berivoi, Piemontul Făgăraș.

Arlie’s migration can be followed here.

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Nature in schools and in protected areas

We are partners in the following project:
NATURE IN SCHOOLS AND IN PROTECTED AREA, project implemented by ProPark Foundation for Protected Areas SEE grants, 2009 – 2014, in the frame of Fondul ONG in Romania programme.

For more details click here (RO).

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