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Our project implementation stage at the beginning of 2013

Last Updated on Monday, 25 February 2013 09:24 Written by Administrator Monday, 25 February 2013 09:13

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Our LIFE Project made significant progress in the three years since its beginning in January 2010. In this period we collected important data about the species from the 3 key Natura 2000 sites (SPA Piemontul Făgăraș, SPA Podișul Hârtibaciului, SPA Dealurile Târnavelor – Valea Nirajului). Based on the analysis of the data collected in the first two years of the project we drew up a Preliminary Report which includes the conservation measures taken for the Lesser Spotted Eagle.


Erika has also started its journey northbound

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:16 Written by Administrator Monday, 18 February 2013 15:57

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Erika, the juvenile lesser spotted eagle who amazed us all last year with its migratory route, has also set on her northbound journey. After Darázska started its spring migration of January 23rd 2013, on February 11th between 7.00 and 10.00 Erika also started its flight northbound. Until February 12th it flew 679 km and reached as far as the Zimbabwe-Mozambique border, close to Cahora Bassa Lake.

In 2012, Erika exceeded all specialists’ expectations regarding the final northern point reached. After having crossed Ukraine, it arrived in the west of Russia. The specialists’ amazement related to Erika’s route came from the fact that the data collected by our project in 2011 showed that juvenile birds usually do not go further than Turkey on their route to the north. It would have not been such a big surprise if some of the juveniles had come as far as Romania, but it was very unlikely for a bird from our territory to fly so much farther north, to Russia.

Have a safe trip home, Erika!


Darázska has set on its migration northbound

Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2013 11:17 Written by Administrator Friday, 08 February 2013 11:14

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Although it is still cold in our country and there is still snow left in some places, one of the lesser spotted eagles having spent their winter in the southern hemisphere, in Zimbabwe, is already “sensing” the spring. We are referring to Darázska - the nestling which hatched in 2011 in a forest near Grâușor (county of Mureș) – which on January 23rd 2013 at 10.00 a.m. has set on its migration northbound. Until January 27th (4.00 p.m.) it flew 1067 kilometres and arrived in Zambia, 6751 km away from the nest where it hatched. In the meantime, the bird went even further north so that on February 5th it reached Tanzania, close to the Malawi Lake, on the border with Zambia.


Do juveniles follow their parents?

Last Updated on Monday, 21 January 2013 13:46 Written by Administrator Monday, 21 January 2013 13:33

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As you may know from our previous article, four of the lesser spotted eagles monitored with satellite transmitters spent their Christmas around the Hwange National Park from Zimbabwe.

On the 9th of January, Darázs and Darázska - parent and son - were once again close to each other, near the Hwange Park. This is after their short incursions into various areas of the African continent. Darázs had a short itinerary southbound and spent a short time in Botswana, after which he returned to Zimbabwe, south of Victoria Falls. The region in which he is now is characterized by savannah landscape with scattered small depressions which get flooded during the rainy season and become very sought for by savannah animals, especially by elephants which use them as genuine natural pools.


Our Lesser Spotted Eagles’ Christmas

Last Updated on Monday, 07 January 2013 11:46 Written by Administrator Monday, 07 January 2013 11:41

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While we were busy decorating the Christmas tree, on December 24th 2012, at 4.00 o’clock p.m., four of the lesser spotted eagles monitored with satellite transmitters were in the Hwange National Park from Zimbabwe (http://www.turistik.ro/zimbabwe/hwange). More accurately, they were located south of Victoria Falls, closed to the Lukozi River, at an altitude of 1000-1100 m, in a savannah with heavy rains this time of year and temperatures ranging between 20-28 ° C.


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