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

Upcoming book: A Saga of Sea Eagles by John A. Love

16. January 2013

Whittles Publishing recently announced an upcoming book about the White-tailed Eagle written by John A. Love.

The description of the book by the publisher:

  • 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 on the publishers website:
A Saga of Sea Eagles

This is a welcome addition to some other fine raptor books by the same publisher and to the available literature about Europe’s larged eagle species!

Eastern Imperial Eagle electrocuted in Turkey

31. December 2012

Electrocution is still a serious threat to many raptors incl. both Imperial Eagle species, Bonelli’s Eagles and many other large birds like White Storks.

A Bulgarian Eastern Imperial Eagle named Krum recently died of electrocution in Turkey. The Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds tracks several Eastern Imperial Eagles to learn more about their behavior and mortality as part of a conservation program.

More information about the bird and also about the conservation efforts for the species in Bulgaria can be found here:
Another Imperial eagle fall a victim to electrocution in Turkey

Committee Against Bird Slaugther supports Bonelli’s Eagle conservation on Sicily

19. November 2012

The Committee Against Bird Slaugther (CABS), a NGO that fights the illegal killing for birds across Europe now supports the conservation of the rare and endangered Bonelli’s Eagle on Sicily.

Beside habitat destruction the eagles are also threatened by illegal killing and egg theft. In 2012 several NGOs got together to form the group “Coordinamento Tutela Rapaci Sicilia”. The Boneli’s Eagle is very high on the priority list and all nests will now be monitored during the breeding season.
In 2012 this was a huge success with 32 young eagles fledging.

In many places in Europe the ecological quality of the habitat is still good for raptors and the only thing that keeps them from recovering is unfortunately still illegal persecution. It is good to see that in Italy many people now got together (this year 75 people helped) to protect this magnificent eagle.

Seven new artificial nests for the Eastern Imperial Eagle in Bulgaria

10. November 2012

Experts from the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Bird recently installed 7 new artificial nests for the endangered Eastern Imperial Eagle.

From the project’s website:
“Four nests are placed in order to support particular existing breeding pairs. Since nests used by birds are in poor condition, new ones will be alternative for more successful breeding of eagles in spring. The remaining three nests are placed in appropriate areas and aim to attract newly formed pairs of Imperial Eagles.”.

To learn more see here:
Seven new artificial nests for Imperial Eagle