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Appeal for waterbird images from African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA)

White-headed Duck juvenile, Turkey, May 2013

Sergey Dereliev the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is planning to produce a coffee tablbook featuring some of the waterbird species for which the Agreement has undertaken initiatives. OSME is helping publicise his request for the images.

The African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. To this end the AEWA Secretariat is planning to produce a high-end coffee table book featuring some of the waterbird species for which the Agreement has undertaken initiatives.

The concept for the book is to source high quality photographs, which ideally have not been published before, from the extensive AEWA network and wider birding community. We hope to source as many images as possible free of charge and will, in exchange, include short profiles of all contributing photographers in the book together with a portrait photo as well as a website link to the photographer’s website (if applicable). Contributing photographers will also receive a copy of the book for free. 

Appeal for images of barn owl Tyto sp from all populations worldwide

Alexandre Roulin of Lausanne University is preparing a book about barn owls worldwide. OSME is helping publicise his request for images from the extensive distribution of the genus Tyto

My name is Alexandre Roulin, a professor in Biology at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland (Contact Alexandre ‘dot’ Roulin. ‘at’ unil ‘dot’ ch). I started working with barn owls in 1987 before I went to the university (1993). In 1997 I did my master thesis on the barn owl and in 1999 my PhD, still on the barn owl. Since then I always worked on the barn owl because this species is far more interesting than I could have expected. So far I have written 118 papers on the barn owl. My research group is entirely dedicated on the study of this bird from several perspectives (for example, conservation biology, population genetics, genetics, biogeography, genomics, population dynamics and ecophysiology). 

Purple Swamphen - request for photos, feathers, tissue samples

The large, flamboyant purple swamphens (genus Porphyrio) demonstrate extraordinary dispersal capabilities, with evidence of multiple invasions that have resulted in divergences of size, colour, and other traits. Seven species of purple swamphens are currently recognized. Principal among these is the widespread purple swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio), which occurs from Africa and the Mediterranean east to the Pacific. We are exploring the evolution of this bird to better understand the way dispersal and natural selection interact.  To do this we are seeking the support of enthusiastic birders.  What we need are tissue samples, locality information and where possible photographs to verify plumage colouration.

Hunting/illegal killing of birds in the OSME region and the Mediterranean

Biodiversity is under greater pressure than ever before. Of the 10,000 or so bird species across the globe, approximately 1 in 8 are threatened with global extinction. Hunting is one of the key threats to many bird species, and is believed to be a particular problem in the OSME region. Remarkably, there is little quantitative data on the number of birds that are killed each year. Even the species of birds that are targeted is poorly understood.

Review of Illegal Killing in the Mediterranean

OSME has been informed by BirdLife International that the preliminary results from the review of illegal killing in the Mediterranean are now available online for public consultation. As previously explained, Birdlife is inviting relevant Governments, international conventions, hunting organisations and others to review these results and provide any feedback, corrections or comments. 

 

The first breeding record of the Hypocolius for Kuwait and Arabia

The first breeding record for Kuwait and Arabia of the Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus was discovered in Kuwait at Jahra Pools Reserve on 30 June 2014. Two breeding pairs bred in the reserve, produced together five chicks. The first pair was first seen on 30th of June with two fledglings by Khaled Al-Ghanem, the manager of the reserve, who then discovered another pair at a stage of nest building, eggs then hatched producing three chicks. The photograph above shows an adult male and female feeding three chicks at Jahra Pools Reserve. Photograph by Khaled Al-Ghanem.

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