This year we are monitoring the breeding success of Lesser Kestrels in several colonies across Andalusia. We are hoping to see how breeding activity differs depending on the migratory habits of different individuals.
One of our key aims is to recover geolocators that were deployed on some of the birds last year. These tiny devices are fitted to the backs of the kestrels, and take readings of light levels every few minutes. Once recovered, we can use these light readings to estimate where the bird went over the course of the last year. We're hoping this will provide us with valuable information on the migratory movements of these birds.
A female Lesser Kestrel being fitted with a geolocator tag
Here's hoping for a successful breeding season in 2015!