It may not have occurred to you, but the wild Lesser Kestrels in Sakar need our help.
The modern video surveillance built by the Green Balkans allows us to get near another rare species of the Bulgaria fauna.
The day before, the first Lesser Kestrel for this year hatched in one of the artificial nests set by the Green Balkans team in the village of Levka.
Last week, the practice of the veterinary students and volunteers from the Tracia University at the Green Balkans Wildlife Rescue Centre, took them to a herd of Karakachan horses in the Sakar village of Levka.
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Lesser Kestrel
Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni, Fleischer, 1818) is a small falcon species that is a useful ally of man in combating pests in agricultural landscapes. Once considered among the most abundant birds of prey in Europe, today, due to agriculture intensification, farmland abandonment, loss of nesting sites and intensive pesticide application it has an uncertain future.
Lesser Kestrel is strongly attached to agro-environmental landscapes, showing high preferences towards extensively managed wheat crops and extensively grazed or otherwise maintained pastures. The species is an essentially insectivorous, opportunist feeder, capable of exploiting a wide range of terrestrial and aerial prey.
Lesser Kestrels are often nesting in urban areas, as they provide nesting sites and reduced nest predation and are usually surrounded by agricultural fields or open uncultivated grasslands, securing food sources. The species is therefore highly dependent on human activity not only for foraging areas but also in terms of available nesting sites.
In the past, the Lesser Kestrel was widely spread in Bulgaria, nesting “everywhere” in the mid-19th century. At present, there are no Lesser Kestrel breeding pairs confirmed in Bulgaria.