Quite busy this week that has just passed. While the little ones grow, several events have occurred in the various camps.
Some of the chicks have already put the first dark feathers on the wings and tail covering the white birth down and are already able to stand upright on their legs. 4 new chicks were observed in four different sites. It seems that this year in almost all nests only a single chick is present.
For several days different “self-proclaimed photographers” stationed under the nesting sites. Unfortunately, we learned that in other Italian regions the same problem is showing up at lanner falcons sites and disturbance to nests is threatening the breeding season.
Two photographers were so near the nest that the female for no less than 5 hours and a half did not come back to the nest; only eventually it overcame its fear of the presence of people and brought a prey, gave only two bits of meat to the chick and flew away to return only when the two men had moved away, a few hours later. Of no use was the rebuke of our volunteer who tried to make them understand how dangerous it was to remain so near the nest and telling them to move further away. Even their behavior was not appropriate both because of the very colorful clothes that for their loud voice during the continuous phone calls made, proof of their indifference to the animals’ welfare. The chick’s life, being just over 20 days old, may be put at risk because of the absence of a parent, the problems of temperature control and the lack of food.
In another camp our volunteer was approached by two photographers who had used a location very close to the nest. They had arrived in the dark and at mid-morning went away, with obvious disturbance of the animals.
The passion for photography can cause problems to wildlife and for this reason it is considered amongst the most important causes of disturbance at nesting sites.
Again, suspects or just too interested persons were observed trying to get near the nest but moved away quickly at the sight of our volunteers.
So we invite all those who are aware of these behaviors or know people who disclose the location of the sites to recall such behaviors leading these persons to respect of wildlife or to report them to the authorities.
This week at the camps there where several participants from other regions: they appreciated the work done.