Albania 1-Romania 0 at Euro 2016 football, celebration with birds


This 19 June 2016 video is called Romania vs Albania 0-1 (EURO 2016) All Goals & Highlights HD

Unexpectedly, tonight the Albanian football team beat Romania 1-0.

Albania is for the first time ever at a European football championship. Tonight, their first ever championship goal brought them their first ever victory.

This may mean that Albania will make it to the final 16 championship teams.

To celebrate, a video about birds in Albania.

The video says about itself:

20 April 2016

Part 2 of our Animal Geography series focuses on the European country of Albania! The Albanian national animal is the Golden Eagle, join Connel as we look at the Golden Eagle, and wildlife in Albania.

Spanish golden eagle video


In Andalusia in Spain live not only imperial eagles, but also golden eagles, as this 15 June 2016 video from a hide shows.

Spanish imperial eagle video


This 14 Juni 2016 video shows a Spanish imperial eagle in Andalusia, Spain.

I was privileged to see this beautiful rare species a bit more to the north, in Extramadura.

Norwegian golden eagles threatened?


This is a golden eagle video from Spain.

From BirdLife:

Norway’s Golden Eagles could be under threat

By Christopher Sands, 3 June 2016

Vigorous debate has erupted in Norway around a potential change in the protection provided to the country’s magnificent Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos). A new proposal is due to be voted on in the Norwegian Parliament next week. Norwegian law has protected these and other birds of prey since 1968. The new proposal seeks to reduce the population of Golden Eagles in the belief this will reduce the deaths of livestock, including reindeer, which some believe are killed by Golden Eagles.

Norsk Ornitologisk Forening (BirdLife in Norway) considers this idea unfounded in the scientific evidence, riskily setting a precedent for other Nordic and European countries and actually unlikely to result in a reduction of losses in livestock. Extensive scientific evidence cited by NOF indicates that the loss of livestock to Golden Eagles is not related to the population density of the birds.

Kjetil Solbakken, CEO of NOF, says “Shooting Golden Eagles is unheard of in Europe. The removal of Golden Eagles that haven’t caused any damage will almost certainly…place Norway in the international Hall of Shame.” Norway’s own Environment Agency does not support this weakening of the protections for Norwegian Golden Eagles.

NOF is hopeful that international awareness of this loosening of the law protecting the Golden Eagle based on flawed and misinterpreted science will be seen as a dangerous wedge in species protection, and a door to an open season on a protected species that sets a terrible precedent. They have launched a petition drive; click here to view and support.

Young Dutch sea eagles ringed


This video shows white-tailed eagles hunting in Flevoland province in the Netherlands.

This May, not only a young sea eagle in Dutch national park Oostvaardersplassen has been ringed.

Earlier this month, also two eaglets in Zwarte Meer nature reserve were ringed. These two young birds weighed 4 and 5 kilogram respectively. As food, their parents had brought to the nest a northern pike, a bream, seven coots, four great crested grebes, two gadwall ducks and a hare.

Young sea eagle ringed in Dutch national park


This February 2016 Dutch video is about ringing young birds of prey in the Netherlands.

Today, warden Hans Breeveld in Oostvaardersplassen national park in the Netherlands reports that on 27 May 2016 the eaglet on the local sea eagle nest has been ringed.

In 2006 was the first ever white-tailed eagle nest in the Netherlands since the Middle Ages there in Oostvaardersplassen. Ever since, the eagles have continued nesting there, and have spread to other areas in the Netherlands as well.

This year’s eaglet was rather heavy, 4 kilogram, so it is probably a female. Its parents had brought fish, coots and grey lag goslings to feed it.

Imperial eagle conservation in Georgia and Azerbaijan


This video says about itself:

8 June 2012

Imperial Eagle pair – five instincts is a documentary film about the life of eagles, which is called by nature lovers – a jewel of the European lowlands. Two filmmakers from Slovakia went on pilgrimage to capture on camera those globally endangered birds of prey.

During three years they were mapping daily lives of these predators, to show us relationships and connections how to survive in their natural environment where man is intensively damaging European lowlands. The shooting did not use animals bred in captivity. Unique footage was filmed from the nature. Specific behavior of the eagles was discovered, which no one captured on camera yet.

From BirdLife:

Impressive Imperial Eagle conservation in Georgia and Azerbaijan

By Guille Mayor and Elchin Sultanov, Tue, 12/04/2016 – 09:07

The Eastern Imperial Eagle is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. Its global population estimates range from 3,500 to 15,000 individuals. This embattled bird is a lowland species whose population is globally declining and that has been pushed to higher altitudes by persecution and habitat loss in Europe. In central and eastern Europe, it breeds in forests up to 1.000 m above sea level, in steppe and agricultural areas with large trees, and nowadays also on electricity pylons.

Breeding sites are threatened by intensive forestry in the mountains, and by the shortage of large indigenous trees in the lowlands. Other threats are shortages of small and medium-sized prey species, loss of habitat to agriculture, human disturbance of breeding sites, nest robbing and illegal trade, shooting, poisoning and electrocution by powerlines.

Neighbouring countries Georgia and Azerbaijan are doing their bit to save this species from extinction.

Georgia: Man-made nests against man-made destruction

In Georgia, the species has its main breeding grounds in the east of the country, a vast bushy steppe and farmland area. According to recent surveys, no more than 40 breeding pairs remain in the country, mainly restricted to nesting in riverine forests and electric pylons due to the lack of suitable trees to build nests in throughout the land.

Since November 2015, SABUKO (Society for Nature Conservation) is carrying out conservation activities to improve the status of the Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) through direct conservation measures, awareness raising and education.

Before the start of the project, funded and supported by CLP (Conservation Leadership Programme), several breeding surveys were carried out during 2014 and 2015 to assess the population size of the Eastern Imperial Eagle in Georgia and the locations of the nests. Several abandoned electric pylons were also checked for suitability to install artificial nests, as the species is known to nest in them in some countries in the Balkans.

In November 2015, four artificial nests were successfully built and installed, following the suggestionsi of the Institute of Ecology at Ilia State University, Georgia and MME (Birdlife in Hungary). In the first week of March, an adult eagle couple was seen performing diving flights (a courtship ritual or territorial display) close to one of them.

However, artificial nest installation does not solve the threat of habitat loss. So other activities are also being undertaken. These include the assessment and protection of young forest patches in non-protected areas that can be potentially used by the Eastern Imperial Eagle in the future, as well as of mature forest patches in such areas, where the eagles are currently nesting.

SABUKO is also carrying out satellite tracking of juvenile birds with the help of MME and the Vashlovani Protected Areas Office. To raise awareness among locals, SABUKO is conducting activities such as eagle watchers’ training, talks and presentations in schools, and meetings with municipality representatives, farmers and landowners.

Azerbaijan: Research is conservation’s best friend

Azerbaijan is essential to these and other threatened birds of prey as breeding and feeding grounds. However, there was a lack of comprehensive surveys that give us exact data about their breeding and wintering numbers. That changed with the adoption of the Southern Caucasus Action Plan for the Imperial Eagle in 2006, which stated that a basic assessment of the breeding population of the species was a priority.

In April 2007, the Azerbaijan Ornithological Society (BirdLife in Azerbaijan) started a comprehensive survey of Imperial Eagles in the northwestern part of Azerbaijan. Data collected during this survey were the first and most detailed data about the Eastern Imperial Eagle for Azerbaijan. In nine days, they covered 6.000sq km (7% of Azerbaijan territory, which is 25% of the habitat suitable for the Eastern Imperial Eagle) where they found 25 breeding pairs of Eastern Imperial eagles and a five more active territories. It was estimated that for the studied area, the number of breeding pairs was 35-60.

The results also indicated that the Azerbaijan population of the species may be among the top three in the world and therefore needs to be further researched, including mapping the rest of their habitat. This survey, by providing us with information about current status and distribution of the Eastern Imperial Eagle and distribution model will be our guide for future activities and planning for the conservation of the species and the designation of IBAs.

The action plan has drawn up a list of activities to increase and stabilise the population as well as to improve our knowledge of the Eastern Imperial Eagle. This includes public awareness campaigns on the threats to this species, holding meetings with electricity companies to site pylons in a way that is not a threat to the birds, providing alternative nests to those affected by human activities, and improve enforcement of laws against illegal logging.

Thus, the Imperial Eagle project will provide the chance to learn more about the Eastern Imperial Eagle and improve the conservation of this bird in Azerbaijan with the involvement of the media, local community stakeholders, infrastructure companies and governmental authorities.