If you wish to conduct a raptor survey, either for birds nesting in trees, on cliffs or on the ground, but want to use recognised fieldwork techniques honed by southern African raptor ecologists over 160 years, this book is for you. It is unique in that it describes how to conduct aerial surveys for tree and cliff nesting raptors - a fast-expanding field. The aim of the book is therefore to bring together both practical and contemporary knowledge in one volume. In doing so, the book presents standardized and accepted methods on how to: (1) set up and conduct raptor surveys, and (2) collect comparable, reliable and useful inventory data to monitor raptor diversity for a range of applications.
The following important topics are covered:
- An exposition of the richness of the southern African raptor fauna
- A detailed analysis of how to conduct roadside surveys
- How to survey for tree-nesting raptors from the ground and air, and how to study their nest-site selections
- How to carry out surveys on gregarious tree-using vultures and kestrels
- A detailed chapter on how to survey for cliff-nesting raptors, from the ground and air
- How to perform ground surveys for harriers and owls
- How to monitor raptor populations, including 10 indices that measure nesting success and productivity
Practical examples are provided throughout.
Gerard Malan PhD is currently a professor in ornithology at the Department of Nature Conservation, Tshwane University of Technology. His research focuses are raptor ecology and biodiversity conservation.