Monday, 31 March 2008

Special Birds: Saker














Saker Falco cherrug is a real eastern European speciality. There are a few pairs in the Czech Republic, more in Slovakia and also scattered around the Balkans, but without doubt Hungary (with around 150 breeding pairs) is the place to visit to see this powerful falcon. The Bird of Prey Group of the Hungarian Ornithological & Nature Conservation Society (MME) have invested much time, effort and expertise in protecting and studying Sakers. This photo (by Janos Bagyura of the MME) shows a healthy brood of chicks in an artificial nest-tray that has been placed in a tree in eastern Hungary. Sakers readily take to such man-made nesting sites placed in trees or on electricity pylons as well as using the nests of crows and other raptors.

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