Hawk and Owl Rescued and Released

With the Spring passage in full flight (pun not intended), our Raptor Unit has been kept very busy over the past few weeks.

On 24th March 2018, the Royal Gibraltar Police Marine Section was again on hand to rescue a male Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus below the lighthouse at Europa Point. It had suffered cuts to its head and upper body and was also severely malnourished, possibly because of not being able to hunt whilst waiting to cross the Strait during the recent stormy weather.  Following a period of rehabilitation with our Raptor Unit, this bird was released on 3rd April 2018.

 

Also on the 3rd April 2018, a Long-eared Owl Asio otus was found on the terrace at Gibraltar International Airport by duty staff. It was taken into care by our Raptor Unit, as it was suspected that it had collided with the terminal windows. Windows are a hazard for all birds and deterrents such as silhouettes should be adhered to the glass to alert birds to their presence.  Happily for this individual, it did not appear to have suffered any external or internal damage. It was kept under observation overnight and was determined to be fit for release on 4th April 2018. 

 

GONHS would again like to thank the RGP, the air terminal staff and of course our own Raptor Unit.  We are delighted that we are able to rely not only on our own members, but on the emergency services (marine units in particular), private and commercial mariners and members of the general public who contact us or channel their calls through the RGP Control Room, in order that the Raptor Unit may be called in.

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Gibraltar Bird Report 2021

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OS 35 Incident

OS 35 Incident

OS 35 Incident 

The Bulk Carrier OS 35 was involved in a collision with the Adam LNG south of Europa Point on the evening of the 29th August. The OS 35 started to sink, and was directed by the Port Authorities to the East Side of the Rock, where it was decided to beach the vessel to prevent it sinking altogether.

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Birdlife Eurobirdwatch 22.  30th Anniversary

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Birdlife Eurobirdwatch 22.  30th Anniversary

 

The Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society will be celebrating the 22 edition of the Birdlife EuroBirdwatch on Saturday the 1st of October.

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Raptor Rescue

Raptor Rescue

The 25th May was specially hectic for the number of raptors that fell into the sea.  Most of these are young non-breeding and inexperienced birds that fall foul of windy conditions in the Strait.

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Sierra De Las Nieves Outing

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Field Marshal Sir John Chapple, 1931-2022

Field Marshal Sir John Chapple, 1931-2022

Field Marshal Sir John Chapple, 1931-2022

 

GONHS notes with much sadness the passing of Field Marshal Sir John Chapple, Governor of Gibraltar 1993-1995 and Honorary Life Patron of the Society.

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Gibraltar Bird Report 2020

Gibraltar Bird Report 2020

Welcome to the 2020 issue of the Gibraltar Bird Report.

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The Remarkable Lives of Gibraltar's Swifts Uncovered

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 A paper has just been published by the journal PLOS ONE which reveals the remarkable lives of pallid swifts that nest in the attic of The Gibraltar National Museum. ‘Birds with multiple homes. The annual cycle of the pallid swift (Apus pallidus brehmorum)’ details the incredible exploits of these birds, from when they leave for Africa after breeding until their return the following spring.

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