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

New German publication about Lesser Spottd Eagle

3. November 2012

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:


Another White-tailed Eagle poisoned in Austria

8. September 2012

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

11 pairs of Eastern Imperial Eagles currently raising 16 chicks in Austria

4. July 2012

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:


Two White-tailed Eagles poisoned in Ireland

18. May 2012

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:


New website about Golden Eagle tracking

13. May 2012

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.”

White-tailed Eagles nest in Ireland for the first time in 100 years

1. May 2012

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.

New Interview with Daróczi J. Szilárd and Zeitz Róbert about the Lesser Spotted Eagle in Romania

7. December 2011

Lesser Spotted Eagle chick in the nest .
© Zeitz Róbert

I am happy to announce another interview, this time with Daróczi J. Szilárd and Zeitz Róbert about the Lesser Spotted Eagle in Romania.
The Lesser Spotted Eagle has it’s breeding population entirely in Europe (while migrating to Africa). The Indian species, Aquila hastata is no longer consider to be a subspecies but a full species on it’s own, the Indian Spotted Eagle.

Because of this, Europe has a great responsibility protecting the species. And Romania has more breeding pairs than most countries and plays an important role in the future of the species.

In this new interview, Daróczi J. Szilárd and Zeitz Róbert talk about the current situation of the Lesser Spotted Eagle in Romania, threats, necessary conservation measures and a LIFE projects they are working on.

You an also learn about what food the eagles eat or what is known about the movement of the birds.

See the interview here:
New Interview with Daróczi J. Szilárd and Zeitz Róbert about the Lesser Spotted Eagle in Romania