New Spanish monograph about Booted Eagles published

5. November 2017

Tundra Ediciones has recently announced a new monograph about the Booted Eagle, written by Spanish researcher Ignacio Santiago García Dios. See the author’s blog about the Booted Eagle .

The book has 558 pages and will be available on November 20th.
It covers taxonomy, distribution, breeding behaviour, diet, conservation and more.
It is the only up-to-date monograph on the species and with more than 550 pages it covers everything in great detail.

More information about the book and how to order it can be found here:
El Águila Calzada

A must for everyone interested in the species.

New LIFE project for the Eastern Imperial Eagle

28. September 2017

Birdlife International announced a new LIFE project for the Eastern Imperial Eagle in Hungary, Austria, Serbia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The project aims to reduce persecution, improve habitat and guard nests.

It is hoped to increase the current population of 220 pairs in those countries to 250 pairs by 2021.

A very important project for these amazing eagles. The measures, particularly reducing persecution, will also benefit other species like the White-tailed Eagle.

More information from Birdlife International:
Raising the Eagle Standard

New book: A Fieldworker’s Guide to the Golden Eagle

4. July 2017

In this new book about the Golden Eagle, the author describes his experience of decades of watching Golden Eagles in the UK. In great detail he explains what he has seen and why he thinks that existing knowledge of Golden Eagles often does not show the complete picture.

The book covers the behaviour and the activities of Golden Eagles throughout the year and explains what people studying Golden Eagles should keep in mind when seeing (or not seeing) the birds and how to interpret their observations.

The book explains how hard it often is to interpret the behaviour of the eagles when seen in the field and questions existing knowledge about the species.

Often the “Fieldworker’s Guide to the Golden Eagle” is about the personal experience and opinion of the author. There is of course nothing wrong with that but I would have preferred more scientific references and a more scientific writing style.

Overall this is an interesting addition to your library if you study Golden Eagles, particularly in the UK. But make sure to read other, more scientific books and publications as well, in order to get a more complete picture of Golden Eagle ecology.

Publisher’s Website about the book:
A Fieldworker’s Guide to the Golden Eagle ,

Another review about the book can be found on the BTO’s website.

Make sure to read Jeff Watson’s book on Golden Eagles:
The 2nd edition of Jeff Watson’s book (2010) is (by far) the most comprehensive book on Golden Eagles published so far and the one book that you must have to understand the Golden Eagle. It has many scientific references and, although also with a focus on the UK, it also describes Golden Eagle studies across its range and also compares the Golden Eagle with other Aquilla eagles like the Eastern Imperial Eagle or the Wedge-tailed Eagle.

A review of Jeff Watson’s book by Ian Carter can be found here:
The Golden Eagle (2nd edn), by Jeff Watson

New German book about the Lesser Spotted Eagle

9. April 2017

The Deutsche Wildtierstiftung has recently published a new book about land management for the Lesser Spotted Eagle. The species a one of the rarest raptors in German and only occurs in the north-east with around 100 pairs.
Land management plays a crucial rote for its conservation. The Lesser Spotted Eagle cannot live in intensively managed agricultural areas and without forests.

The book can be ordered here. Price is 10.90 Euros.

Buchveröffentlichung „Schreiadler-gerechte Landnutzung“

2016 was a record year for the Eastern Imperial Eagle in Austria

24. February 2017

The Eastern Imperial Eagle was completely extinct in Austria until the species came back in 1999.
Since then the population has increased despite problems like electrocution or illegal persecution.

2016 was the best year so far and 18 pairs successfully raised 31 young, 11 more than in 2015.
This is a big step forward for the conservation of this fascinating eagle.

More information in German:
Rekordjahr für Österreichs Kaiseradler

Also see this interview:
Interview with Matthias Schmidt (Birdlife Austria) about CORO-SKAT (Conservation Of Raptors and Owls)

3 new Spanish books about raptors and owls in Europe

15. November 2015

Transparente-para-web

Three new books (written in Spanish) are currently being written with the first volume already available. The 1st book covers the European eagles, the 2nd book the remainig raptors and the 3rd book is about the European owls.

The first volume is called “Aves de Presa – Las Águilas de España y Europa” and covers the european eagles.

The book are a mix of great pictures and interesting text. I will publish a short review once I have a copy in my hands.

Aves de Presa – Las Águilas de España y Europa

Upcoming book: A Saga of Sea Eagles

21. July 2013

A new book about one of Europe’s most spectacular birds of prey will be published very soon. It is called “A Sage of Sea Eagles” and is written by John A. Love and published by Whittles Publishing.
(Review below).

The book covers the following topics:

  • A personal account from the author’s own experiences, enriched with his photographs and illustrations
  • Summary of eagles, their classification and folklore focussing on the Sea Eagle group
  • Provides a background to the reintroduction of the White-tailed Sea Eagle to Scotland and the UK
  • Current status of Sea Eagles in the UK and the economic benefits

More information about the book can be found here:
A Saga of Sea Eagles

A Saga of Sea Eagles

A Saga of Sea Eagles

Update: Review of the book (December 28th 2013).

This is a wonderful book. Very readable and full of information about the biology and conservation of the White-tailed Eagle in the UK (and beyond).

The book has detailed chapters on the biology of the White-tailed Eagle. I really liked the overview of the Sea Eagles of the world and also the very interesting chapter on the prey of the White-tailed Eagle.

Persecution and extirpation of the species is also covered.

A large part of the book covers the reintroduction of the White-tailed Eagle in Scotland and the more recent projects in Ireland and East Scotland are also covered (the main focus is on West Scotland).
This is probably by far the most detailed account of this reintroduction program, the people involved and all the important steps that eventually lead to an established in increasing population in West Scotland.

The text is also full of personal stories of the author.

The book is easy to read and hard to put down once you start reading.

Highly recommend for everyone interested in the biology and conservation of the White-tailed Eagle or raptors in general.

New interview with Gregorio Moreno-Rueda about the Short-toed Eagle in Spain and it’s impact on snake biodiversity

12. March 2013

A new interview about the Short-toed Eagle in Spain and it’s possible influences on snake biodiversity has just been published.

The Short-toed Eagle in Spain and it’s impact on snake biodiversity.

In this interview Gregorio shares his knowledge about the feeding ecology of Short-toed Eagles in Spain, their threats, why they lay only one egg and how the future looks like for those impressive raptors in Spain.

Gregorio also talks about the possible impact of Short-toed Eagles on snake biodiversity.

Research has shown again and again how important top predators are. Most studies involve large carnivores like wolves, pumas or tigers. But eagles may play a similar role in some landscapes.

It could be possible that other snake eating eagles (e.g. Crested Eagle and Solitary in the Neotropics or other Snake Eagles in Africa/Asia) might have a similar influence on snake species. Unfortunately I don’t know if this has ever been studied.

Webcam for White-tailed Eagle in Hungary

19. February 2013

A new webcam showing breeding White-tailed Eagles can be found here:
http://www.hnp.hu/retisas.php.

If everything goes well, the chicks should hatch in the 2nd half of March.

150 dangerous poles made safe for raptors and other birds in Bulgaria

3. February 2013

Electrocution is still one of the most serious threats for raptors including the Eastern Imperial Eagle.
In Bulgaria 150 dangerous poles have now been isolated so that eagles and other birds no longer get electrocuted.

Of 22 satellite tracked eagles 8 have already died of electrocution. This is too high for a species with a rather low reproduction rate like an eagle. The efforts are now focused on the breeding and hunting territories of the Eastern Imperial Eagles in Bulgaria.

For more information see here:
150 more electricity poles protected against birds electrocution