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From Hobbies to Eleonora's Falcons. Most of September was spent at home in Finland, with a focus on local migrating raptors.  In early October I made a grand tour of southern Sweden, lecturing at Varberg, on the west coast, and on the island of Öland in the Baltic Sea, squeezing in a short stop at Falsterbo on the way.  Last weekend was a change from the ordinary, when I flew down to Cyprus, invited to give a talk for BirdLife Cyprus. Although the visit was a short one my hosts managed to squeeze in some first-class birding, including visits to a colony of Eleonora's Falcons and a session with some local Mediterranean Peregrines of the subspecies brookei. In the colony of Eleonora's the yound were practising their flying skills (in the image), while their parents were busy catching passerines over the sea, and by mid-morning every falcon had a full crop! Thanks to Clairie Papazoglou for arranging everything, to Thomas Hadjikyriakou for a memorable morning with the Eleonora's and to Stavros Christodoulides for his expert guiding around the countryside.

From Hobbies to Eleonora's Falcons. Most of September was spent at home in Finland, with a focus on local migrating raptors. In early October I made a grand tour of southern Sweden, lecturing at Varberg, on the west coast, and on the island of Öland in the Baltic Sea, squeezing in a short stop at Falsterbo on the way. Last weekend was a change from the ordinary, when I flew down to Cyprus, invited to give a talk for BirdLife Cyprus. Although the visit was a short one my hosts managed to squeeze in some first-class birding, including visits to a colony of Eleonora's Falcons and a session with some local Mediterranean Peregrines of the subspecies brookei. In the colony of Eleonora's the young were practising their flying skills (in the image), while their parents were busy catching passerines over the sea, and by mid-morning every falcon had a full crop! Thanks to Clairie Papazoglou for arranging my visit, to Thomas Hadjikyriakou for a memorable morning with the Eleonora's and to Stavros Christodoulides for his expert guiding around the countryside.


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