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The Lesser Spotted Eagle adults have also set on their autumn migration

Last Updated on Friday, 28 September 2012 10:30 Written by Administrator Friday, 28 September 2012 10:18

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After having found out through the satellite transmitters that three one year old lesser spotted eagles have set on their autumn migration at the beginning of September, it’s time for the grown-ups to follow on their footsteps. Narcis, the male whose route back home we monitored this spring has started his journey south on 14 September. Darázs, the second adult male, has flown towards far-away Africa on the same day. The two birds have covered a long distance of their route to the south and have reached the south of Turkey on 25 September, close to the Syrian border. They have managed to cross the area of the Belen Strait wind farms safely, but they are still facing a lot of obstacles before they reach their wintering grounds in the south of Africa. Bunget, another adult monitored through a satellite transmitter has started its autumn migration on 16 September from somewhere near the town of Dejani. Bunget was the last of the monitored birds to start his migration and is now somewhere in Bulgaria.


The Lesser Spotted Eagle juveniles are again the first to set off on the migration route

Last Updated on Monday, 17 September 2012 12:00 Written by Administrator Monday, 17 September 2012 11:53

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In 2012 we continued the monitoring of the Lesser Spotted Eagles equipped with satellite transmitters by the LIFE project dedicated to the conservation of this species. According to the data received from the satellite transmitters on 11.09.2012 the juveniles were again the first to set off on the migration route, before the adult birds, just like in 2011.

Three juveniles - Erika, Darázska și Gură de Aur – have already started their autumn journey to the south. Gură de Aur set off on 4 September 2012 and Darázska on 7 September 2012. On 10 September 2010 Erika - the female juvenile - also started her journey to the south and she is currently in Ukraine. Gură de Aur and Darázska passed the Bosphorus and they are already in the Asian region of Turkey. This year the autumn migration of the three juveniles started 9 – 13 days earlier than in 2011 for reasons so far unknown to us.


Episodul 10, Oamenilor le pasă

Written by Administrator Monday, 17 September 2012 07:57

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Episodul 9, La vânătoare

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 09:18 Written by Administrator Tuesday, 04 September 2012 09:14

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These young eagles baffle us

Last Updated on Monday, 20 August 2012 08:17 Written by Administrator Monday, 20 August 2012 08:13

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Our project continued to monitor the route of the juvenile lesser spotted eagles with the help of the satellite transmitters to see whether any of them gets back to our country. However, our expectations were very far from reality.

The last data showed us that Darázska got back to Romania and is somewhere in the south of our country and Gură de Aur is to the south of the Republic of Moldova. However, the one having exceeded all our expectations was Erika who, after having crossed Ukraine, is now in the west of Russia.


Map 1. Migration route of juvenile birds 2012 (green – Erika, orange - Gură de Aur, purple – Darázska)

Our surprise as to the route of the juveniles comes from the fact that the data collected in 2011 from Béni showed us that he did not get further than Turkey on his northbound route. We would not have been so surprised had some of the juveniles reached Romania at most, but for them to reach much farther north territories was very unlikely. Moreover, the novelty comes from the fact that Erika got to areas beyond the species distribution borders as known by the experts.


Map 2. Species distribution map (green – nesting grounds, blue – wintering grounds)

Unfortunately we also have some bad news. Palkó’s transmitter did not send any signals since July 3rd. Most probably he died while trying to cross the Libyan desert.

We shall continue to monitor the young eagles’ route to see what other unexpected surprises they prepare for us in the future and also gather valuable information about unknown aspects of these birds’ life.



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