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The Lesser Kestrel Ema is back in her native colony!

Jun 28, 2021
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Ema is a Lesser Kestrel, well known to our team. It is one of the birds marked with transmitters, within our activities for the species to return to our country.

Its history begins in 2018 when a team of Green Balkans visited the colony of the species on the territory of the production site of Lukoil Neftochim Burgas AD and marked the young bird with a satellite transmitter. Since then, we have been following Ema's life and her journey during migration. We know, for example, that this year she spent the winter in Chad, that on her way to Bulgaria she passed through Niger, Algeria, Tunisia, Italy, the Mediterranean, and Greece and returned to our country!

Following her life and travels, the 'Life for Lesser Kestrel' LIFE19 NAT/BG/001017 project team was convinced how brave travelers these little falcons are!

We admit that her return is a little late, but we still hope that she will be able to start a family and raise a generation, judging by the birds from the colony in the Sakar village of Levka, some of which are still laying eggs! And, last but not least, it is remarkable that after such a long migration, passing through several colonies of Lesser kestrels on her way, she returned to her native colony, which shows how attached these birds are to the place where they made their first flight!