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Love is in the air for the saker falcons at the Green Balkans Rescue Center

Love is in the air for the saker falcons at the Green Balkans Rescue Center

05.02.2019
Pizho and Penda, Dobri and Valna, Adam and Eve, DJ and Willow - those are the names of the couples here at the Green Balkans Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Center in Stara Zagora. Those are the birds whose efforts have made the saker falcon’s reintroduction in our country possible!
 
And since it is February - the month of love and wine, our birds can also feel the powerful urges of love! Four pairs have started displaying courtship behavior. What do we mean by that?
 
Well, falcons remain in pairs within the whole year, spending most of it not really noticing their partner. All that changes at the beginning of the spring every year, when suddenly all they see is love. The males start first - courting the female, bringing her food, readjusting the nest, perking around the female, trying to get closer on the perch. The females are usually not so enthusiastic in the beginning but soon start warming up to the male’s efforts.
 
This is how things have been going around here for the moment - the males have been busy proving themselves worthy while the females have been…well letting themselves be courted by their partners :)


Additional information:
Natura 2000
Natura 2000 is the largest coordinated network for nature conservation. More than 30% of the territory of Bulgaria falls within the scope of the network - 120 areas for the protection of wild birds and 234 areas for the protection of natural habitats.


Saker Falcon
The Saker Falcon is a globally endangered species listed as critically endangered in Bulgaria. Although it was widespread in the past, in 2018 the first active nest of the species for the last 10 years was reported. The species and its habitats are subject to protection by the Natura 2000 ecological network.


 
The Green Balkans Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Center information activities are implemented within the ‘NATURA 2000 in Bulgaria - NEW HORIZONS’ - LIFE17 GIE/BG/000371 project.