This is a video of a lesser spotted eagle in Lithuania.
From DPA news agency:
Last stand of the Baltic eagle
Posted : Fri, 08 Jun 2007 09:26:00GMT
Riga – The European Union is one of the most ecologically- aware societies the world has ever seen, but its expansion is now threatening rare species in its new member states with disaster.
“In 2003, the year before Latvia joined the EU, there were estimated to be just under 4,000 pairs of lesser spotted eagles in Latvia.
Since then, the population in some parts of the country has fallen by up to 30 per cent,” Dr Ugis Bergmanis, Latvia’s leading researcher on the species, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.
The lesser spotted eagle is the Baltic states’ most distinctive bird of prey. Of an estimated worldwide population of 14,000 pairs, almost two-thirds live in the Baltic states and Poland.
Its Latin name, Aquila pomarina, derives from the Baltic province of Pomerania in neighbouring Germany – a region where the eagles flourished until well into the twentieth century.
But the post-war forestry boom devastated eagle habitats there. By 2004, Germany’s total population had fallen to just 112 pairs.
And the economic boom which accompanied the Baltic states’ EU accession has dealt the eagles another blow in the very territories which were once seen as their last refuge.