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:

http://www.wildtierland.de/tagungsband-1-schreiadlersymposium-der-schreiadler-im-sturzflug.html.

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:

http://www.birdlife.at/presse/2012-06-27-starker-aufwind-fuer-den-weltweit-bedrohten-kaiseradler.html

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:

http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/minister-condemns-poisoning-of-eagles-551727.html

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

Update:
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

Lesser Spotted Eagle from Poland testing GPS logger

13. November 2011

The Eagle Conservation Committee from Poland is testing a GPS logger device with data transmission through a GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) system. They are tracking an adult male Lesser Spotted Eagle from Biebrza Valley.

The migration route of the eagle can be found here:
http://maps.google.pl/maps/ms?vpsrc=1&ctz=-60&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=212295177782475204956.0004afdf3ff1fd974f5f1&t=h&ll=41.614408,29.517074&spn=24.05245,13.908149&source=embed

More information (in Polish, Google Translate works very well) can be found here:
www.koo.org.pl

The White-tailed Eagle as a flagship species for conservation along the Danube river

1. November 2011

The White-tailed Eagle is the largest eagle in Europe, females can reach a wingspan of a little over 250cm. Over the last decades the population has increased in most countries where the species occurs.

A major backbone for the species in Europe is the Danube river. It breeds in all countries along the Danube except Germany (it breeds in Germany but not yet at the Danube).

About 2 weeks ago, a conference was held close to the Duna-Dráva National Park (Hungary) about the conservation of this magnificent eagle.

Many experts got together and we learned a lot about recent population trends, projects and threats affecting the White-tailed Eagle. Here are some summaries from the talks:

  • Germany now has 700(!) pairs but not yet one at the Danube. This is for 2011. They are already regular winter visitors and several pairs in Bavaria are already quite close to the Danube so this is only a matter of time until Germany will also have White-tailed Eagles breeding along he Danube.
  • Lead poisoning is still a serious threat for White-tailed Eagles and other raptors.
  • A management plan has been written and was presented by Remo Probst (also see this interivew with Remo). The management plan will soon be published (I will announce it here once it is available)
  • In Romania there are still gaps in our knowledge about the species, particularly outside the Danube delta.
  • The White-tailed Eagle online database was announced. See here: White-taild Eagle online database .
  • The Austrian population has reached 14 pairs and 15 young fledged (the species was extinct in Austria and the first recolonising pair was observed in 1999).
  • The Hungarian population grew from about 20-30 pairs in the late 1980s to over 230 pairs in 2011.

The Danube Parks project has chosen the White-tailed Eagle as a flagship species for conservation along the Danube river and is working on projects to improve the conditions for the eagles and other species like the Danube sturgeons. This is a great network of protected areas and dedicated conservationists who have already achieved a lot and hopefully more projects will be realised in the coming years. The White-tailed Eagle is a great choice as a flagship species and from its protection many other species along the Danube river will benefit.

See the Danube Parks project website to learn more:
Danube Parks project