Tundra Ediciones has recently announced a new monograph about the Booted Eagle, written by Spanish researcher Ignacio Santiago García Dios. See the author’s blog about the Booted Eagle .
The book has 558 pages and will be available on November 20th.
It covers taxonomy, distribution, breeding behaviour, diet, conservation and more.
It is the only up-to-date monograph on the species and with more than 550 pages it covers everything in great detail.
Birdlife International announced a new LIFE project for the Eastern Imperial Eagle in Hungary, Austria, Serbia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The project aims to reduce persecution, improve habitat and guard nests.
It is hoped to increase the current population of 220 pairs in those countries to 250 pairs by 2021.
A very important project for these amazing eagles. The measures, particularly reducing persecution, will also benefit other species like the White-tailed Eagle.
In this new book about the Golden Eagle, the author describes his experience of decades of watching Golden Eagles in the UK. In great detail he explains what he has seen and why he thinks that existing knowledge of Golden Eagles often does not show the complete picture.
The book covers the behaviour and the activities of Golden Eagles throughout the year and explains what people studying Golden Eagles should keep in mind when seeing (or not seeing) the birds and how to interpret their observations.
The book explains how hard it often is to interpret the behaviour of the eagles when seen in the field and questions existing knowledge about the species.
Often the “Fieldworker’s Guide to the Golden Eagle” is about the personal experience and opinion of the author. There is of course nothing wrong with that but I would have preferred more scientific references and a more scientific writing style.
Overall this is an interesting addition to your library if you study Golden Eagles, particularly in the UK. But make sure to read other, more scientific books and publications as well, in order to get a more complete picture of Golden Eagle ecology.
Make sure to read Jeff Watson’s book on Golden Eagles:
The 2nd edition of Jeff Watson’s book (2010) is (by far) the most comprehensive book on Golden Eagles published so far and the one book that you must have to understand the Golden Eagle. It has many scientific references and, although also with a focus on the UK, it also describes Golden Eagle studies across its range and also compares the Golden Eagle with other Aquilla eagles like the Eastern Imperial Eagle or the Wedge-tailed Eagle.
The Deutsche Wildtierstiftung has recently published a new book about land management for the Lesser Spotted Eagle. The species a one of the rarest raptors in German and only occurs in the north-east with around 100 pairs.
Land management plays a crucial rote for its conservation. The Lesser Spotted Eagle cannot live in intensively managed agricultural areas and without forests.
The book can be ordered here. Price is 10.90 Euros.
Three new books (written in Spanish) are currently being written with the first volume already available. The 1st book covers the European eagles, the 2nd book the remainig raptors and the 3rd book is about the European owls.
The first volume is called “Aves de Presa – Las Águilas de España y Europa” and covers the european eagles.
The book are a mix of great pictures and interesting text. I will publish a short review once I have a copy in my hands.
A new book about one of Europe’s most spectacular birds of prey will be published very soon. It is called “A Sage of Sea Eagles” and is written by John A. Love and published by Whittles Publishing.
The book covers the following topics:
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
This is a wonderful book. Very readable and full of information about the biology and conservation of the White-tailed Eagle in the UK (and beyond).
The book has detailed chapters on the biology of the White-tailed Eagle. I really liked the overview of the Sea Eagles of the world and also the very interesting chapter on the prey of the White-tailed Eagle.
Persecution and extirpation of the species is also covered.
A large part of the book covers the reintroduction of the White-tailed Eagle in Scotland and the more recent projects in Ireland and East Scotland are also covered (the main focus is on West Scotland).
This is probably by far the most detailed account of this reintroduction program, the people involved and all the important steps that eventually lead to an established in increasing population in West Scotland.
The text is also full of personal stories of the author.
The book is easy to read and hard to put down once you start reading.
Highly recommend for everyone interested in the biology and conservation of the White-tailed Eagle or raptors in general.
In this interview Gregorio shares his knowledge about the feeding ecology of Short-toed Eagles in Spain, their threats, why they lay only one egg and how the future looks like for those impressive raptors in Spain.
Gregorio also talks about the possible impact of Short-toed Eagles on snake biodiversity.
Research has shown again and again how important top predators are. Most studies involve large carnivores like wolves, pumas or tigers. But eagles may play a similar role in some landscapes.
It could be possible that other snake eating eagles (e.g. Crested Eagle and Solitary in the Neotropics or other Snake Eagles in Africa/Asia) might have a similar influence on snake species. Unfortunately I don’t know if this has ever been studied.
Electrocution is still one of the most serious threats for raptors including the Eastern Imperial Eagle.
In Bulgaria 150 dangerous poles have now been isolated so that eagles and other birds no longer get electrocuted.
Of 22 satellite tracked eagles 8 have already died of electrocution. This is too high for a species with a rather low reproduction rate like an eagle. The efforts are now focused on the breeding and hunting territories of the Eastern Imperial Eagles in Bulgaria.