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!
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
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.
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
The Deutsche Wildtier Stiftung has published the proceedings of a conference about the conservation of the Lesser Spotted Eagle.
The publication has 116 pages and can be found and ordered here:
Over the last years, several White-tailed Eagles and Eastern Imperial Eagles have been illegally killed in Austria.
The last victim was a young (only several month old) White-tailed Eagle killed in the “Weinviertel” area in the north-east of Austria. This is a known area for illegal raptor killing and other White-tailed Eagles and Eastern Imperial eagles have been killed there. The real number is probably higher than what is officially known because not every dead eagle is found – and for sure other raptors like Common Buzzards are also killed there.
More information (in German) can be found here:
Vogelattentat im Weinviertel: Dritter Seeadler in Folge vergiftet
Great news from Birdlife Austria. At the moment, 11 pairs of Eastern Imperial Eagles are raising 16 chicks in Austria. This would be a new record if all young fledge.
More information (in German) can be found here:
Poisoning of eagles is still a threat to the reintroduction efforts of Golden and White-tailed Eagles in Ireland. Recently another 2 White-tailed Eagles have been poisoned:
A new website about tracking the movements of Golden Eagles in Scotland is now online:
Golden Eagle tracking.
From the website:
“This effort to better understand eagle dispersal is being undertaken by Natural Research and its partners: the Highland Foundation for Wildlife, the RSPB, SNH and the Scottish Raptor Study Groups. Eagles have been tracked since fledging and data from them will form part of a Natural Research funded PhD by Ewan Weston at Aberdeen University.”
The White-tailed Eagle was extinct in Ireland for about 100 years – due to persecution.
Now a pair – part of the reintroduction project going on – has started nesting in Ireland.
For more information see this detailed press release by the Golden Eagle Trust:
White-tailed Sea Eagles nest for the first time in 100 years
To my knowledge the breeding attempt failed. This is normal with young and inexperienced birds. Hopefully they will try again next year.