The silent killer strikes again – at least 5 cinereous vultures (Aegypius monachus) and 3 griffon vultures (Gyps fulvus) poisoned in eastern Turkey

On the 16th January Yusuf Yilmaz from Igdir province, in Eastern Turkey, close to the Armenian border, saw a group of vultures lying on the floor not very far away from the garbage dump in Tuzluca. When he approached the birds, he came across a gruesome spectacle – 4 black vultures and 2 griffons […]

Well known vulture and raptor traders imprisoned by Belgium court

Landmark court sentence good news to curb the growing illegal trade on birds of prey. In July a Belgium court sentenced four people to heavy prison sentences and fines, after it found them guilty of illegal trade in protected and endangered birds, including vultures. The case is the result of a long and […]

Birds of prey in their thousands accidentally poisoned every year around the world

Two thousand, three hundred and fifty five Red and Black kites, 2,146 Griffon Vultures, 638 Black Vultures, 348 Egyptian Vultures, 114 Spanish Imperial Eagles and 40 Bearded Vultures were found poisoned in Spain between 2000 and 2010, according to the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment. All these birds are threatened species and […]

Albanian Government bans hunting of migrating birds

Last July, novelist and bird-watcher Jonathan Franzen wrote a devastating account for National Geographic magazine about the mass slaughter of migrating birds across the Mediterranean. The situation, he wrote, was especially dire in Albania, which lies along a major migratory fly way. Due to indiscriminate hunting, the skies above Albania were literally being emptied of […]

India: Amur Falcon campaign update — No killings reported so far this season!

Chief Minister of Nagaland visits Amur Falcon roost site in support of the conservation initiative by the community Updated November 2013. The migration of the Amur Falcons continues in full swing in Doyang, Nagaland, and there continues to be no killings reported so far!

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The Kestrel – a raptor facing an uncertain future

I caught this morning morning’s minion, kingdom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing.

The year of 1877 saw the placing of pen to paper and the creation of “the […]

North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany – CABS team investigates case of animal cruelty and persecution of birds of prey

Illegal traps, dead birds of prey and suspicious bait found. German Police secure evidence and start criminal proceedings. In the past few days an incredible case of illegal persecution of birds of prey has been brought to light in a hunting reserve near Düsseldorf in NRW, Germany. According to the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS), […]

Raptors: Their poisoning continues across Europe.

Recently Raptor Politics reported the successful prosecution of a Lincolnshire gamekeeper, 71-year-old Robert William Hebblewhite, of Appleby,Scunthorpe. Hebblewhite was fined a total £1950 after he was convicted of killing two buzzards and possessing Carbofuran, a banned poison. After the trial the RSPB commented by saying the quantity of Carbofuran found at Hebblewhite’s home would have […]

Terry Pickford invites you to join him bird watching in the Czech Republic May 2016.

Three-toed woodpecker-Photographed in southern Bohemia. Are you a birder with a passion and interest in getting up close to rare and endangered raptors, for example Imperial Eagle, White-tailed Eagle Ural Owl, Black Kite, Honey Buzzard and Montagu’s Harrier. If so this exclusive 7 day visit next May to southern Bohemia and Moravia in […]

Polish Greater Spotted Eagle shot in Montenegro results in spy scare.

The illegal shooting of any bird of prey is always a disappointment and a tragic loss, but when we learn one of Europe’s most endangered species, in this case a Greater Spotted Eagle, has been needlessly shot on its annual southerly migration the loss is even more important.

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