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Green Balkans reported: Lesser Kestrel named Emma which until recently occupied the territory of LUKOIL Neftochim Burgas AD, has reached its winter home in Africa
10/10/2019
Nature conservationists had equipped the rare bird with a satellite transmitter that allows it to be traced to the faraway continent.

Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) Emma is an unexpected inhabitant of LUKOIL Neftochim Burgas AD. It is a rare type of falcon whose colony is located on the company's production site. Here, in 2014 Green Balkans localized the species' unknown until then habitat. As part of the joint effort to conserve and study these rare birds in the area, in 2018, Green Balkans and LUKOIL employees equipped the female falcon with a miniature satellite transmitter. On September 25, data from the transmitter showed that the rare bird had already left Bulgaria and then headed south on its migration route. Only two days later, it had already reached Africa, and a few days after that the tiny falcon settled in Niger, over 3 500 km away from Burgas. It is where birds of this species originating from Bulgaria winter traditionally. This is the second trip that Emma (or B00, as the bird-ring entitles) takes to its winter home in Africa after wintering in the same area last year.
 


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