New book on Ukrainian vultures published

November 21st, 2018 Posted in New publications | No Comments »

Грифовые птицы фауны УкраиныRecently a book “Vultures of the Ukrainian fauna” by Tsvelykh A.N., Appak B.A., Beskaravainy M.M., Kostin S.Yu., Osipova M.A. was published. Edition devotes to especial group of the birds of prey, four species of which, namely the Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus), the Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), the Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) and the Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) represent in the avifauna of Ukraine. Results of analyses of all accessible literature sources both old and modern ones were widely drew in, as well. So, the book includes actual information on the former and present distribution of vultures in the territory of Ukraine, the data concerning their biology, composition of populations and changes in the number. Evaluation of the real size of the present Crimean populations is given, as well. Language of book is Russian, but it has English translation of summary, content and captions of the tables, figures and illustrations. All information concerning this book and its order could be received on:

The 4th International Peregrine Conference

March 8th, 2016 Posted in Workshops.Conferences | No Comments »

The 4th International Peregrine Conference will be held in Budapest, Hungary from 27 September till 1st October 2017, organised by BirdLife Hungary /MME/ and Society for the Protection of Wild Animals «Falcon» from Poland.

Please see details of the Conference on the website.

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Juvenile dispersal of Saker Falcons in Ukraine according satellite telemetry

February 1st, 2015 Posted in New publications | No Comments »

We has tagged with satellite transmitters 8 young Saker Falcons in Ukraine together with Hungarian and Romanian colleagues in 2011 and 2012. The result of this investigation has been published in our new article.

Open filePrommer M., Milobog Yu., Gavrilyuk M., Vetrov V. Juvenile dispersal of Saker Falcons in Ukraine according satellite telemetry // Вісник Черкаського університету. Серія Біологічні науки.  Черкаси, 2014.  Вип. 36 (329).  С. 129-134. [Scientific journal “Visnyk of Cherkasy University” Bilogical Series. – Cherkasy, 2014. – №36 (329). – P. 129-134]

Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Birds of Prey and Owls in North Eurasia

December 2nd, 2012 Posted in New publications | No Comments »

27-30 September 2012, the 6th International Conference on Birds of Prey and Owls in North Eurasia “Birds of Prey in the Dynamic Environment of the Third Millennium: Status and Prospects” was held in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine

The proceedings are published in two volumes, 117 papers in a total. In Russian with English summaries. One article is completely in English.
First volume covers different species of birds of prey, another one is dedicated only to Buzzards Buteo. Contributors are 164 ornithologists from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Hungary, Finland, Great Britain, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

To order the proceedings please address Anna Rashevskaya the Secretary of the Conference Organization Committee ( The price of the ‘birds of prey’ volume is 15 Euro, and the price of ‘buzzards’ volume is 5 Euro (shipping costs are not included).

The table of contents of both books in English is pasted below.

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RESOLUTION of the 6th International Conference on Birds of Prey and Owls in North Eurasia

November 19th, 2012 Posted in Misc | No Comments »


of the 6th International Conference on Birds of Prey and Owls in North Eurasia:




Kryvyi Rih National University
Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine, 27-30 September 2012

27-30 September 2012 Kryvyi Rih National University has held the 6th International Conference on Birds of Prey and Owls in North Eurasia “Birds of Prey in the Dynamic Environment of the Third Millennium: Status and Prospects”. Contributors for conference materials were 164 ornithologists from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Hungary, Finland, Great Britain, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, and it was directly attended by 94 ornithologists. Participants included well-known experts from universities, academic institutions, natural reserves and sanctuaries of many North European areas, among them 16 doctors of science and professors. A great portion of attendees constituted young bird experts along with students and post-graduates making a valuable contribution to studies of birds of prey.

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Studies of birds of prey in the alienated zone of Chornobyl atomic power station, continued in May 2012

September 5th, 2012 Posted in Fauna, Field researches, Photos | 1 Comment »

Prior studies in the CAPS alienated zone were provided by us in the first and second decades of April 2012. That time we did night census of owls and in the daylight searched for nests of birds of prey in special distinguished parts of forest areas. From 21 to 27 May we undertook the second expedition.

Photo: S. Domashevsky, S. Gashchak

In the morning hours expedition participants carried bird censuses along transects, during the daytime checked occupation of raptor’s nests which had been found in April.

First sites of forests and meadows we investigated in Tolstolesivske Forestry. There were surveyed 9 nests of feathery raptors, of them only 2 were occupied by birds. One nest belonged to the Buzzard, four chicks there; the eldest is about 2 weeks. One of the most impressing finds was an occupied nest of the Spotted Eagle. Obviously, this is a single known case of breeding this species in Kyiv Region for over last 30-40 years. However, this pair of birds were hybrids: female of the Spotted and the male of the Lesser Spotted Eagle. Another luck was discovery of an Eagle Owl’s nest in the place where we had observed an adult bird from a breeding pair on 7 April in the village of Bovishshe. The birds reared chicks in an attic of the small bathhouse which still stand half-flooded by waters of a small rivulet. The brood included 3 chicks (2 females and a male, which was the youngest). The eldest owlet was about 1 month age. The attic roof composed of planks, slits between them about 5 cm wide. The floor was covered with feathers and pieces of bones belonged to the Eagle Owl’s prey. Judging by the state of some feathers and bones, the Eagle Owls nested in the place for at least the second year.

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First record of the Egyptian Vulture in Cherkasy region

August 2nd, 2012 Posted in Fauna, Photos | No Comments »

The Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) – is a rare accidental species of Ukrainian fauna (Kostin, 2004), entered in the Red Data Book of Ukraine in a ‘vanishing’ (Beskaravainy, Klestov, 2009). A majority of accidental visits of this bird were registered in southern and south-western regions (Knysh et al., 2005). However, this vulture was also recorded in Dnipropetrovsk (Ponomarenko, 2001), Sumy (Knysh et al., 2005) and Donetsk regions (Burakov, Vetrov, 2010).

The Egyptian Vulture

26.05.2012 in Zolotonosha City (Cherkasy region) over houses of individual building plot at a small altitude (approx. 20 m) an adult Egyptian vulture was making circles haunted by two Rooks. Having made several circles and gained altitude the raptor flew to the south. Several photos of the bird were unfortunately made from a big distance that is why they are not of good quality. However, they allow to see unmistakably a typical silhouette and coloration underneath.

The described accidental visit of the Egyptian Vulture is the first observation of the species in Cherkasy region.

N.N.Borisenko, Kaniv Natural Reserve


Beskaravainy M.M., Klestov М. L., Kostin S. Yu., Osipova M. O., Tsvelykh O. M. Egyptian Vulture// Red Data Book of Ukraine. Animal world / Ed. by. I. A. Akimov. – Kyiv: Globalkonsalting, 2009. – P. 433. [in Ukrainian]

Burakov G.K., Vetrov V.V. About a record of the Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) in Donetsk region // Birds of Seversky Donets basin: Iss. 11: Proc. of 15 scient. conf.of Working Group for Birds of Seversky Donets Basin dedicated to memory of I.A.Krivitsky (16–18 October 2009). – Donetsk, 2010. – P. 271. [in Russian]

Knysh N.P., Bugaev I.A., Parkhomenko V.V., Kurash I.I. Accidental visits of the Egyptian Vulture to the north-east of Ukraine // Berkut. – 2005. – Vol. 14, Iss. 2. – P. 270-272. [in Russian]

Kostin S.Yu. History and perspectives of studies of necrophage birds of Ukraine // Zapovdina sprava v Ukrayini – 2004. – Vol. 10, Iss. 1–2. – P. 40–43. [in Russian]

Ponomarenko A.L. About accidental visit of the Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) into the territory of Dnipropetrovsk region// Vestnik zoologii. – 2001. – Vol. 35, No 5. – P. 96. [in Russian]

Studies of birds of prey in the alienated zone of Chornobyl atomic power station (CAPS) in April 2012

August 2nd, 2012 Posted in Fauna, Field researches, Photos | No Comments »

In April 2012 we continued studies on fauna, numbers and ecological characteristics of birds of prey in the CAPS alienated zone. This time our works were conducted under the program “Study and revealing in the alienated zone the sites with valuable natural complexes deserving the highest protection status and their passportisation”.

Photos by Sergey Domashevsky

The studies were carried out over the period from 2 to 8.04. A particular attention was paid to forest biotopes: we investigated 2 sites of aged forest, one of them situated in the Uzh river valley, another – in Tolstolesivske Forestry. During the daytime we searched raptor’s nests by combing most promising sites; nesting pairs were also recorded during automobile rides and near open spaces. During the night we counted owls using records of their voices. We also registered migratory birds.

A total of 14 raptor’s nests were found, two of them belonged to the Lesser Spotted Eagle, another was presumably of the Goshawk and the rest belonged to the Buzzard. Besides, we registered 12 territorial Buzzards, 2 Goshawks, 1 Short-toed Eagle, 3 Kestrels and 3 White-tailed Eagles. Compared to the size of investigated nest-suitable area numbers of the birds of prey were low. We relate this to succession processes in the alienated zone: thus, overgrowing of open spaces with trees and high grass in the period of chick-feeding make it impossible for raptors to get enough quantity of prey.

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Wintering of the White-tailed Eagle at the Dnieper near Kaniv in 2011-2012

July 23rd, 2012 Posted in Photos, Wintering | No Comments »

A non-freezing area of the river downstream from Kanivska Hydropower Station is one of major wintering sites of the White-tailed Eagle at the Middle Dnieper. Due to HPS working in a peak regime there are regular changes of water levels in the tail-water. It leads to constant break of ice carried away by water flow. Even in heavy frosts unfrozen water areas still remain, and during water drainage the ice breaks again. A continuous solid ice cover had no time to form. It is a site of usual wintering for ducks, first of all the Mallard, Merganser and Goldeneye as well as gulls and some other birds..

Photo by V.N.Grishchenko

The White-tailed Eagles began wintering near Kaniv immediately after start of HPS exploitation. In the 1970s-1980s their numbers did not exceed 4-6 birds (Loparev, Grishchenko, 1992), quickly increasing since that time. Recent years the site held 15-20 individuals, sometimes more. Maximum numbers of these eagles in this wintering area were counted on 3.01.2009 (26 birds) and 17.02.2011 (24).

Annual counts of the White-tailed Eagles and other wintering birds we provide near Kaniv since 1987. The eagles which reached 5 years age were considered as adults. The age was identified by plumage coloration (see Gensbol, Thiede, 2005). Usually, the count route went from Kanivska HPS to Lake Prosered or the Ros river mouth (12 to 18 km) depending on the length of unfrozen the area.

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Counts of White-tailed Eagles at Kremenchuhske Reservoir in autumn 2011

May 22nd, 2012 Posted in Field researches, Migrations, Photos | No Comments »

In autumn 2011 we proceeded monitoring of autumn concentration sites of the White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) at the Middle Dnieper. Results are presented below. Results of the year 2009 please see here, за 2010 год – here.

Counts were conducted in key concentration sites of these eagles: at fishponds and other areas with high bird numbers which we had revealed in previous years. We monitored ponds near the town of Irkliiv (Chornobaiv district of Cherkasy region), ponds between the villages of Lypove-Chervona Sloboda (Cherkasy district), territory of Kremenchuhske Reservoir adjacent to the ponds, and the reservoir shallows near Lypovsky Ornithological Zakaznik (sanctuary). Each site we visited at least once a month, in Lypovsky Zakaznik counts were taken 2-3 times a month, and in case of repeated counts the table below reflects maximum numbers of these birds during the month.

Photo by P.Vatrasevich, N.Borisenko

We conducted a total of 15 counts, the automobile route comprised approximately 1,100 km. Also, in November 2011, Irkliiv ponds were visited by Roman Vatrasevich intending to take photos of the White-tailed Eagles. His beautiful pictures were used in this material.

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