A webcam into a nest of a pair of Bonelli’s Eagles in Spain can be found here:
In Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (northern Germany) 49 hector of critical habitat for Lesser Spotted Eagle (one of the rarest and most endangered raptors in Germany) have been destroyed. The habitat were valuable grasslands use for foraging by 3 pairs of. Now they have been turned into fields which are not nearly as good a foraging habitat as the grasslands were.
According to Birdlife Germany, this is illegal as this was done in a protected area.
You can help and protest against this development by sending a letter to the regional government. More information (in German) incl. information about where to send protest letters can be found here.
More information about the Birdlife Germany and their conservation work for the Lesser Spotted Eagle and how you can help can be found here:
White-tailed Eagle chick in nest
© Alv Ottar Folkestad
I am happy to announce a new interview, this time about the White-tailed Eagle in Norway.
The White-tailed Eagle is one of the largest eagles in the world with a wingspan of up to around 245cm. During the last decades, the species has increased dramatically in many countries. In Europe, the largest population lives in Norway where Alv Ottar Folkestad has been studying the species for many years.
In this new interview, Alv explains the current situation of the White-tailed Eagle in Norway, how the population has developed over the last years, what threat’s it faces in the future (incl. wind farms) and why the European Otter is important for the White-tailed Eagle in Norway and many other interesting facts about this spectacular species.
See the interview for more information:
The BSPB is doing great work in Bulgaria for the Eastern Imperial Eagle.
Here are several different and very interesting news about this wonderful raptor species in Bulgaria and the BSPB’s work:
A Web-Camera for a Lesser Spotted Eagle nest in Latvia has been established. Click the following link to get there:
Tracking raptors with radio or satellite transmitters is not only important for science but also for conservation, for example when learning more about migration routes or mortality of raptors.
In Bulgaria, radio tracking of a female Eastern Imperial Eagles called Gabriela by the team at Green Balkans has now allowed the timely location of the new area occupied by the Gabriela and another eagle.
It is important to find newly established pairs early to make sure they can breed successfully in the following years, for example by improving habitat, providing food or artificial nests.
To learn more about Gabriela and the conservation of work Green Balkans and Eastern Imperial Eagles, click here:
Spanish Imperial Eagles on corrected pylon
A new and very important interview in now available:
In this interview, raptor Researcher Pascual López talks about power lines and raptors in Spain.
Around the world, power lines have long been a serious problem for raptor conservation (and other large birds like Great Bustards or White Storks). Either the birds collide with the power lines or they get electrocuted on dangerous pylons.
In Spain the problem is affecting many raptor species, including the rare and endangered Spanish Imperial Eagle and Bonelli’s Eagle, both species loosing many birds to electrocution.
But much can be done if some money is available and there is the will of governments and companies to make the world a little better for raptors.
Pascual describes in detail the situation in Spain and how it affects raptors, especially the Spanish Imperial Eagle and the Bonelli’s Eagle. He also explains what pylons are the most dangerous one, what must be done to make those safe for raptors and what already has been and is currently beeing done in Spain.
Also have a look at Pascual’s website (link at bottom of the interview) to find many interesting publications about raptors.
In 2010, 282 pairs of Spanish Imperial Eagles have been counted, 279 in Spain and 3 in Portugal. This is 16 pairs more than in 2009. 341 young fledged, the highest number ever recorded.
For the next 4 years, more than 6 million Euros will be invested in the modification of power lines to make them safe for the eagles in Andalucía, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León and Extremadura.
This was published on the website for the conservation of the Spanish Imperial Eagle:
El MARM, las CCAA y Portugal analizan los avances conseguidos en la conservación del águila imperial ibérica
More information about the Spanish Imperial Eagle:
A very interesting new publication about electrocution and Spanish Imperial Eagles is now available:
The article is completely available on the website and can also be downloaded as a PDF file.
It clearly shows that taking action and isolating dangerous power lines can help to reduce mortality through electrocution. It is crucial for the future of this amazing but very rare eagle species that as many powerlines as possible will be made secure for raptors. Those measures will not only benefit the Spanish Imperial Eagle but also other raptors including the endangered Bonelli’s Eagle which is a very common victim of electrocution.
Raptor poisoning is a serious problem in many European countries, including Germany, where such incidents are more common as people generally think.
In 2010, at least 4 White-tailed Sea Eagles were poisoned in Schleswig-Holstein (the most northern state in Germany) with the pesticide Mevinphos.
Often, this poison is used to kill animals like Red Foxes but the carrion eating Sea Eagles also fall victim to this disgusting way of killing wildlife.
The real number of eagles killed may be even higher as not every killed eagle is always found.
More information can be found on the NABU (Birdlife Germany) website (in German):
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