Category Archives: Birds of Prey Programme

Action conservation projects for a wide range of raptors, including vultures and other large birds throughout southern Africa. We identify and address conservation threats to these species through a combination of practical effectiveness and robust science – strengthening the efficiency of the regional birds of prey conservation network.

FAST ACTION SAVES VULTURES FROM POISONING DEATH

On Monday the 2nd of May, a report was received of several grounded vultures on a farm in the Dundee-district. A Raptor Rescue Rehabilitation Centre (RRRC) team was dispatched from Pietermaritzburg with the necessary first aid medicines and equipment. The … Continue reading

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The first nest of an African Grass Owl found in Kriel, Mpumalanga, after year long absence

The African Grass-Owl is one of the more uncommon residents of wetland habitats, together with its cousin the Marsh Owl. The African Grass-Owl is facing a number of threats to its continued survival such as habitat loss, especially due to … Continue reading

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Assessing the success of red-billed oxpecker translocations in KwaZulu-Natal

Red-billed oxpeckers (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) have a mutualistic relationship with large terrestrial mammals. This means that both animals benefit from the relationship; oxpeckers forage for food and hosts benefit from reduced parasite loads. Oxpeckers generally feed on ticks that are found … Continue reading

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Evaluating the ecosystem service provided by the Red-billed on cattle farms in South Africa

After spending two months in Sabi Sabi Game Reserve this year I developed an understanding of Red-billed Oxpeckers (Buphagus erythrorhynchus). By this time I had already been awarded a bursary from EWT’s Operation Oxpecker project towards the completion of my … Continue reading

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Ringing and marking of vulture chicks

To climb in a Camel Thorn tree and fetch a vulture chick from the nest, place it in a bucket and let it down to the ground, may be a tough experience. For the experienced tree climbers of Puy Du … Continue reading

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POTENTIAL NEW GREEN LABEL FOR TICK CONTROL PRODUCTS: To heighten the awareness around oxpecker conservation

POTENTIAL NEW GREEN LABEL FOR TICK CONTROL PRODUCTS 17th September 2015 Start To heighten the awareness around oxpecker conservation in South Africa and to spearhead the development of a green labelling system for the farming sector, the Endangered Wildlife Trust … Continue reading

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Juvenile White-backed Vulture released at Mokala National Park

Early in May Riëtte Griesel, a volunteer of the Endangered Wildlife Trust, made a call to Ronelle Visagie, EWT’s Platberg Karoo Raptor Project Coordinator regarding a White-backed Vulture that was found at the Engen 1-Stop near Springfontein. The vulture was … Continue reading

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The Soshanguve Secretarybird – a bird with many lives!

In the March 2015 issue of the Eagle’s Eye, we reported on the rescue of a Secretarybird from Soshanguve, north of Pretoria by a resident, Mr Lukas Marima. Lukas discovered the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s (EWT) contact number on the tracking … Continue reading

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An Introduction to the Kruger 2 Canyon Hooded Vulture Project

In February this year I received an email from the GreenMatter Trust, saying I’d been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship to study Hooded Vultures. Three months later, I relocated from Pietermaritzburg to Hoedspruit, in my new study area: the Kruger-to-Canyons Biosphere … Continue reading

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