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Five colonies of Lesser Kestrels found in European Turkey
[ 26.04.2010 ]
 

The expedition was really successful – a total of five colonies of this rare and threatened species were found, at an aggregate number of minimum 68 pairs. Two of the colonies were found after our colleagues from BSPB shared information about birds feeding in these areas, another one was confirmed after data provided by a colleague in Turkey. The other two colonies were discovered thanks to the efforts of the team of Green Balkans.

The colonies were found in small and big settlements, full of life, agricultural activity and urbanization. The birds were not bothered by pedestrians, cattle or even noisy boulevards, and nests were even discovered in inhabited single-floor houses. The Lesser Kestrels share without problems these settlements with Common Kestrels, Jackdaws, Pigeons and Doves.
The expedition also found a new nest of Imperial eagle (Aquila heliaca) and confirmed the breeding of three other known pairs. In addition to that, a Laughing Dove (Stigmatopelia senegalensis) was observed in the town of Tekirdag. The species is known as breeding in Turkey, but has been reported for Turkish Thrace fairly soon.

The data obtained is to be processed to be used for compiling a habitat model for the Lesser Kestrel within the “Conservation measures for target species of the EU Birds Directive – Lesser Kestrel, Black Vulture, and Imperial Eagle in their main habitats in Bulgaria” Project.

The expedition was implemented under the motto of 2010 - International Year of Biodiversity.

The project is implemented by Green Balkans with the financial assistance of the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union and the state budget of the Republic of Bulgaria through Environment OP 2007-2013 (ope.moew.government.bg), Axis 3 “Preservation and restoration of biodiversity”: project No 58301–60-480, Contract No 58301 – С – 008, procedure BG161PO005/08/3/01/05.

For further information, contact:
Elena Kmetova
e-mail:
ekmetova@greenbalkans.org



  • A pair of Lesser Kestrels
    A pair of Lesser Kestrels
  • A male Lesser Kestrel where we expected the least... at the sea shore!...
    A male Lesser Kestrel where we expected the least... at the sea shore!...
  • A group of Lesser Kestrels... same attitude towards people, cattle and cars...
    A group of Lesser Kestrels... same attitude towards people, cattle and cars...
  • Male Lesser Kestrel could not stand the cheeky Jackdaw anymore...
    Male Lesser Kestrel could not stand the cheeky Jackdaw anymore...

  • The local people helped us gather information on where the birds nest, where they feed...
    The local people helped us gather information on where the birds nest, where they feed...
  • The local people helped us gather information on the birds, where they nest, where they feed... they were as interested as we were...
    The local people helped us gather information on the birds, where they nest, where they feed... they were as interested as we were...
  • A female Lesser Kestrel
    A female Lesser Kestrel
  • A male Lesser Kestrel
    A male Lesser Kestrel

  • Typical habitat of Lesser Kestrels
    Typical habitat of Lesser Kestrels
  • Less typical habitat of Lesser Kestrels
    Less typical habitat of Lesser Kestrels
  • Typical village with a colony of Lesser Kestrels
    Typical village with a colony of Lesser Kestrels
  • Lesser Kestrels on the Mosque
    Lesser Kestrels on the Mosque

  • A male Lesser Kestrel
    A male Lesser Kestrel
  • Looking for Kestrels
    Looking for Kestrels
  • Less typical habitat of Lesser Kestrels... at the shore!
    Less typical habitat of Lesser Kestrels... at the shore!
  • Laughing Dove
    Laughing Dove

  • The research team
    The research team







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