Cap de Formentor and Cases Velles fields. | Neville James-Davies
The species name commemorates Eleanor of Aborea (1347 - 1404), a judge from Sardinia, whose ‘Carta de Logu’ (Body of Laws), was published in 1395. What made this law so special was that it legalised the protection of nesting falcons. Thankfully even back then, Eleanor obviously loved seeing the falcons and sought to protect them. On Mallorca, the Eleanora’s Falcon has returned to us from its wintering grounds in Madagascar. The wetlands reserve of La Gola (Puerto Pollensa) reported a sighting last week of this amazing falcon. The genus name falco is from the Latin ‘falx’, a sickle, referring to the claws of the bird.