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Black Kite

Milvus migrans

Description:

Medium sized raptor, mainly brown; here observed on their diurnal roosting site... or maybe not... At this time of the year, they are often seen in flocks like here - when the farmers are preparing their lands for new crop, or during the harvest, they flock like here and prey on small animals getting exposed by this operation. So I guess, there were some agricultural land being prepared in that direction....

Habitat:

Seen in a pond in, until recently, protected wetland at the feet of Jura mountain range.

Notes:

I was saying that I saw this small snake in a "until recently protected wetland"... Here, I'm talking of marshes of Prodon, consisting of a small pond in a slightly larger wetland area, the protection aiming to preserve the Yellow-bellied toad (Bombina variegata) and its habitat at the feet of Jura. It was a lovely place, albeit dirty and quite polluted as people were throwing all kind of s..t in the pool and around it. Yesterday, I went for a brief visit to this pond, after a few months of not having a chance; and had my heart broken - some sort of construction or development is going on; plenty of trees were cut on shores, and shores elevated; a large road in woods was also cut; a previous dirt-walking path was covered by rubble - and a large irregularities on this road and around it were filled... The problem is that these holes, when filled with water, were used by toads to lay their eggs; last year I saw toads in them... I'm still trying to find out what happened there.

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Zlatan Celebic
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Zlatan Celebic

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Tromelin Island

Spotted on May 24, 2019
Submitted on May 25, 2019

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