Category Archives: Eagles

New interview with Luis Palma about the biology and conservation of the Bonelli’s Eagle in Portugal

Bonelli's Eagle in tree nest in Portugal

Bonelli’s Eagle in tree nest in Portugal, © Hugh Jansman

I am very happy to announce another interview on europeanraptors.org, this time about the current situation of the Bonelli’s Eagle in Portugal.

Interview with Luis Palma about the biology and conservation of the Bonelli’s Eagle in Portugal

The interview gives an overview of the current number of breeding pairs, the food and habitats used in Portugal, the threats the species is facing, conservation projects and more.
Portugal has a large tree nesting population and there is a special conservation project for the tree nesting birds. Read the interview to find out more.

Many thanks to Luis Palma for answering the questions and to Hugh Jansman for the great picture.

Another four new artificial nests for Eastern Imperial Eagles in Bulgaria

On the 21st of October, I wrote about two artificial nests for Eastern Imperial Eagles in Bulgaria.
Now another four nests have been installed by people from Green Balkans. This is part of the project “Conservation measures for target species of the EU Birds Directive – Lesser Kestrel, Black Vulture, and Imperial Eagle in their main habitats in Bulgaria”.

Green Balkans hopes that the new nests will stimulate young Eastern Imperial Eagles to breed.

More information:
New artificial nests for Imperial Eagles

Another 110 hectares for the Lesser Spotted Eagles in Germany

As europeanraptors.org already reported, NABU (Birdlife Germany) has been given 60 hectares of very good habitat for nature conservation. Now another 110 hectares have been added to this area and NABU now owns 170 hectares of very good habitat for the Lesser Spotted Eagle in the Recknitztal valley in (in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, north-eastern Germany).
The habitat for Lesser Spotted Eagles in Germany in threatened by intensification of agriculture and forestry. When owned by nature conservation NGOs, it is the best protection for critical habitat.
The forest is also valuable habitat for other birds like the European Honey-Buzzard, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Black Stork, Stock Pigeon and Red-breasted Flycatcher.

More information:
Schreiadlerparadies Lieper Burg – weitere 110 Hektar heute an den NABU übertragen

New interview with Marc Lecacheur about the biology and conservation of the Bonelli’s Eagle in France

I am very happy to announce another interview on europeanraptors.org. It is about the current situation of the Bonelli’s Eagle in France.

Interview with Marc Lecacheur about the biology and conservation of the Bonelli’s Eagle in France

The Bonelli’s Eagle is one of the most endangered raptors in Europe. The Interview gives an overview of the current situation of the species in France, the threats the eagles are facing and what is done to protect this magnificent raptor.

Many thanks to Marc for answering the questions.

Network of Danube Protected Areas: Transnational conservation strategies for the White-tailed Eagle

White-tailed Eagle

White-tailed Eagle, Germany, June 2009, © Markus Jais

Europe’s largest eagle, the White-tailed Eagle (also known as Sea Eagle) is subject of a large-scale conservation strategy along the Danube river.
In June 2009, the International Network of Danube Protected Areas DANUBEPARKS has been founded. This is a large scale initiative for nature conservation along the Danube river. The Sea Eagle is a keystone species for nature conservation along the river as it needs large wetlands and forests to reach high densities. If habitat along the Danube can be kept in a state that is suitable for the White-tailed Eagle, then many other species will also benefit (for example Black Stork or many species of ducks).
The White-tailed Eagle has increased a lot during the last 30 years, especially in countries around the Baltic Sea, but also in other countries like Hungary or Croatia. More than 500 pairs are nesting in the Danube river basin. This is an important population that needs to be conserved. With proper protection, the population can probably reach much higher numbers in the future.
Until 2012, concrete steps are planned for the White-tailed Eagle:

  • Elaboration of a transnational action plan
  • Elaboration of a transnational action plan incl. landd purchase, renaturization, artifical nests
  • Scientific research incl. monitoring, radio telemetry
  • Publication of information and raising awareness incl. webcams, brochures and scientific publications

This is a very good example of a large-scale and international project to protect endangered raptor species. Eagles are large birds with a low reproduction and they need large areas to build and maintain a healthy population. Only with international collaboration can species like the spectacular White-tailed Eagle be protected.

More information:

White-tailed Eagle – transnational conservation strategy – first activities started!

Press Release: Network of Danube Protected Areas: Transnational conservation strategies for the White-tailed Eagle (pdf)

Two new artificial nests for Eastern Imperial Eagles in Bulgaria

Green Balkans has mounted two new artificial nests for the Eastern Imperial Eagle on large trees on the Dervent Heights area to support breeding attempts of the large eagles.
Lack of suitable nest trees is a problem in some areas of the distribution of the Eastern Imperial Eagle. Artificial nests could provide support to these birds and encourage them to start breeding.

The placement of those new nest platforms are part of the project “Conservation measures for target species of the EU Birds Directive – Lesser Kestrel, Black Vulture, and Imperial Eagle in their main habitats in Bulgaria”, which is implemented by Green Balkans and supported by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union and the state budget of the Republic of Bulgaria.

More information:
New home for Imperial Eagles

New petition to protect the Spanish Imperial Eagle in Portugal

The World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) has a new petition on facebook to create and institutionalize a day dedicated to the Spanish Imperial Eagle (Iberian Imperial Eagle).
The Spanish Imperial Eagle is one of the most endangered raptors in the world. In 2008, there were only 253 recorded territories with only 4 of them in Portugal.

WWF hopes that by dedicating a day to the species, it will help to “bring the nation’s attention to not only the importance of the Iberian Imperial Eagle and the rich biodiversity of Portuguese forests, but to nature conservation as whole”.

I think this is a great idea.

Sign the petition here:
Help protect the “Iberian Imperial Eagle” in Portugal

New book about the White-tailed Eagle in Central Europe published

Der Seeadler im Herzen Europas

Der Seeadler im Herzen Europas

A new book about the WTSE in central Europa has been published.

It contains many interesting papers on the current status of the WTSE in different countries.
The papers are either in German (with English summaries) or in English (with German summaries).

The table of contents:

Zur Geschichte des Seeadlers in Deutschland

Der Seeadler in Österreich: Eine Revision historischer Daten

Der Seeadler in Österreich: Das WWF Österreich Seeadlerprojekt

Verbreitung und Bestandsentwicklung des Seeadlers in der Steiermark, im südlichen Burgenland (Österreich) sowie iim grenznahen Örseg Nationalpark (Ungarn)

The White-tailed Eagle in the Czech Republik

The White-tailed Eagle in Slovakia

White-tailed Eagle populations in Hungary between 1987-2007

Der Seeadler in der Kleinen Ungarischen Tiefebene

Population and ecology of the White-tailed Eagle and it’s conservation status in Slovenia

A review of the recent knowledge on White-tailed Eagles in Croatia

Status and breeding biology of the White-tailed Eagle in former Yugoslavia and Serbia.

Gefährdungsursachen des Seeadlers

Schutzanforderungen für den Seeadler im Herzen Europas – Ergebnisse des Workshops der WWF-Österreich Tagung im Illmitz, 18. November 2007

Die Kleider des Seeadlers unter dem Einfluss individueller und geographischer Variation.

I just got the book and I can highly recommend it to anyone interesting in Europe’s largest Eagle.

More information about how to order it can be found here:
http://www.wwf.at/de/menu465/subartikel1262/

If you don’t speak any German but want to order it, just contact Christian Pichler (email address can be found at the bottom of the above link).

Migrating juvenile Eastern Imperial Eagle from Bulgaria reaches Jordan

This year, 10 young Eastern Imperial Eagles have been marked with a satellite transmitter by the
BSPB.
One of the juveniles, a bird named Boril, has already reached Jordan. The large eagle left Bulgaria in September, crossed Turkey and Syria to reach Jordan this month.

The research about the migration and dispersal of young Easten Imperial Eagles is part of a conservation project run by the BSPB in Bulgaria to protect this magnificent species.

A map and pictures of putting the transmitter on young eagles can be found here:
http://www.saveraptors.org/en/gallery.php?type=image&pageNum_Gallery_All=0&totalRows_Gallery_All=24&cat=3&subcat=1&id=75.

More information can be found here:
Juvenile Imperial Eagle marked by BSPB in Bulgaria, reaches Jordan

Lesser Spotted Eagle shot on Malta

Although illegal, a Lesser Spotted Eagle was shot during migration on Malta. The Lesser Spotted Eagle is a rare eagle species which has declined in several European countries, for example in Germany.
One of the threats is the illegal killing of eagles during migration.

Members of BirdLife Malta’s Raptor Camp teams witnessed the shooting of the eagle.

This is not the first Lesser Spotted Eagle that was killed on Malta during the last years.
It is sad that rare and endangered species are killed “just for fun” by some hunters.

More information about the incident can be found on the website of Birdlife Malta:
Rare Eagle Shot Down at Hagar Qim

I want to thank everyone from Birdlife Malta and everyone else who is (or was) on Malta and helps to fight this senseless killing of eagles and other birds.