The monitoring of several pairs goes on. Many have already laid and are now brooding sooner than expected. For these pairs the camera-traps were placed, while for the undecided pairs we will have to wait until they decide which nest they choose to lay in their eggs before placing the camera-traps.
A pair that seemed well-matched and had already begun to build the nest is giving us some concern since the male has not been seen in the last few days, while the female continues to bring branches to the nest. We will watch out to see what happens next.
Meanwhile, good news, a new couple has been identified and the female is already brooding! It is an old nesting site that had not been occupied for the last thirty years. The individuals of the pair are four or five years old, that is, probably born in between 2010-2011, just when we started our anti-poaching activities. It is certain that last year they had not yet occupied this site.
The nest built by another pair has no top repair and with the incessant rain of these days the nest is soaking in water, this is creating great concern, in addition the weather forecasts do not foresee any improvement just as yet. Fortunately the pair is quietly brooding, regardless of weather.
Finally the very young pair (one is a 4 years male while the female is 3 years old) that last year had nested in a new site bringing up a fledging; has disappeared: the last time they had been seen in November rearranging the nest. This are very bad news because besides being an immature pair they had chosen a brand new area in a province where there are no records of past nesting sites; it would be a great loss.
Even the lanner falcons are nesting. Few pairs unfortunately. In many of the sites they have been replaced by peregrine falcons pairs. We will intensify scouting .This activity requires a considerable availability of time due to the particular elusiveness of the species.
From next March 1, we will start the first protection camp with weekly turns, therefore we will have people who permanently control the territory.
We have come to know that this year we will have important guests coming to visit our camps. Two Swiss men who are important CABS sustainers, the President of the German Stiftung Artenvielfalt Pro (Pro Biodiversity Foundation), the President of Lipu together with the Director of the Conservation department and the Head of the species department, just to name a few.