Soaring is in stages, it progresses as you engage in the very art.
— Temitope Ibrahim

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

  • Meyburg B.U., U. Bergmanis, T. Langgemach, K. Graszynski, A. Hinz, I. Borner, C. Meyburg, and W.M.G. Vansteelant. 2017. Orientation of native versus translocated juvenile lesser spotted eagles (Clanga pomarina) on the first autumn migration. Journal of Experimental Biology, 220: 2675-2776. doi: 10.1242/jeb.148932

Inside JEB editorial by Kathryn Wright


  • Vansteelant W.M.G., J. Kekkonen & P. Byholm. 2017. Wind conditions and geography shape the first outbound migration of juvenile Honey buzzards and their distribution across sub-Saharan Africa. Proceedings Royal Society B. doi:  10.1098/rspb.2017.0387.

 


  • Shamoun-Baranes J.Z., F. Liechti & W.M.G. Vansteelant. 2017Atmospheric conditions create freeways, detours and tailbacks for migrating birdsJournal of Comparative Physiology A. doi: doi:10.1007/s00359-017-1181-9

 


  • Vansteelant W.M.G., J.Z. Shamoun-Baranes, J. van Diermen, W. van Manen & W. Bouten. 2017Soaring across continents: decision-making of a soaring migrant under changing atmospheric conditions along an entire flywayJournal of Avian Biology. doi: 10.1111/jav.01298


  • Vansteelant W.M.G., J.Z. Shamoun-Baranes, J. van Diermen, W. van Manen & W. Bouten. 2017. Seasonal detours of soaring migants shaped by wind regimes in the East Atlantic Flyway. Journal of Animal Ecology, 86(2): 179-191. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12593

'In Focus' article by subject editor J. Chapman in Journal of Animal Ecology
Read the blog at Journal of Animal Ecology


 

  • Agostini N., L. Baghino, W.M.G. Vansteelant & M. Panuccio. 2016Age-related timing of short-toed snake eagle Circaetus gallicus migration along detoured and direct flywaysBird Study. doi: 10.1080/00063657.2016.1264362

  • Vansteelant W.M.G., W. Bouten, R.H.G. Klaassen, B.J. Koks, A.E. Schlaich, J. van Diermen, E.E. van Loon & J.Z. Shamoun Baranes.  2015. Regional and seasonal flight speeds of soaring migrants and the role of weather at hourly and daily scales. Journal of Avian Biology. doi: 10.1111/jav.00457

Most cited JAB paper in 2016
Read the blog at Avian Biology


  • Vansteelant, W.M.G., B. Verhelst, J. Shamoun-Baranes, W. Bouten, E.E. van Loon, and K.L. Bildstein. 2014. Effect of wind, thermal convection, and variation in flight strategies on the daily rhythm and flight paths of migrating raptors at Georgia's Black Sea coast. Journal of Field Ornithology, 85: 40–55. doi: 10.1111/jofo.12048

The eastern Black Sea coast in the Republic of Georgia is a major bottleneck for migrating raptors.

The eastern Black Sea coast in the Republic of Georgia is a major bottleneck for migrating raptors.

  • Verhelst B., J. Jansen and W.M.G. Vansteelant. 2011. The Batumi Raptor Count: an important bottleneck for raptor migration during autumn. Ardea, 99: 137-146. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5253/078.099.0203

 


 

popular scientific articles

 

  • Sandor A., J. Jansen & W.M.G. Vansteelant. 2017. Understanding hunters´ habits and motivations for shooting raptors in the Batumi raptor-migration bottleneck, southwest Georgia. Sandgrouse 39(1): 2-15.
Raptors are shot for fun, not self-sustencance. Harriers are vulnerable.

Raptors are shot for fun, not self-sustencance. Harriers are vulnerable.


Rain and easterly winds over C- Europe caused mass migration of Honey Buzzards over the Low Countries.

Rain and easterly winds over C- Europe caused mass migration of Honey Buzzards over the Low Countries.

  • Desmet E. and W. Vansteelant. 2014. Recordaantallen Wespendieven over de Lage Landen in augustus-september 2013. Natuur.oriolus 80(3): 83-90.

 


Irruptive movements of Rough-legged Buzzards correlate with frost and deep snow over northern Europe.

Irruptive movements of Rough-legged Buzzards correlate with frost and deep snow over northern Europe.

  • Vansteelant W., W. Faveyts and J. Buckens. 2011. Opmerkelijke Ruigpootbuizerdinvasie in de winter 2010-2011: oorzaken in een historische en Europese contex. Natuur.oriolus 77(3): 87-98.

 


View from a Batumi Raptor Count watch-site along the eastern shore of the Black Sea.

View from a Batumi Raptor Count watch-site along the eastern shore of the Black Sea.

  • Vansteelant W., J. Jansen J. & B. Verhelst. 2010. Batumi Raptor Count: Monitoring van geconcentreerde roofvogeltrek aan de OostelijkeZwarte Zee. Natuur.oriolus 76(3): 82-93.