Live-stream from an imperial eagle's nest is available for the first time ever! Confute misbeliefs and acquaint this great bird of prey with the people are among the main goals of the BirdLife Hungary's "Conservation of imperial eagles by managing human-eagle conflicts in Hungary" LIFE+ program.
Colleagues of the LIFE+ programme "Conservation of Imperial Eagles in Hungary" have been observing most of the nesting imperial eagle pairs in Hungary. It has been confirmed that the step-parents of the saved hatchling (raised at the Körös-Maros National Park Directorate's Station for Great Bustard Breeding and Protection) accepted her as their own, and both of the chicks developing properly.
The Protocol of the first reconciliation forum about the Management Plan of the Jászság SPA Natura 2000 area has been finalized within the framework of the Helicon “Conservation of the Imperial Eagle in Hungary” Life+ project.
MME/Birdlife and the Ministry of Rural Development participated on the event, which was organized by the Bern and the Bonn Convention as part of a series of which the main issues was how the combat illegal bird crime.
The juvenile Imperial Eagle, being rescued from a vulnerable nest as an egg in May and later hatched in the Great Bustard Protection Station at Dévaványa in the Körös-Maros National Park, was successfully rehabilitated and adopted in a nest of a wild pair.
Not just poisoning and illegal hunting are threatening the imperial eagles. These large birds of prey are extremely sensitive to human-caused disturbance, especially int the nesting season. They even abandon their laid eggs when feeling unsafe in their nest. Because of that, even conservation biologist avoids the vicinity of nests.
An imperial eagle, unable to fly was found in southern Hungary (Békés County) last week. Colleagues of the Körös-Maros National Parks Directorate with the help of local hunters were able to catch and successfully transfer the bird to the veterinary clinic of the Budapest Zoo. After a few days of professional care the highly protected bird of prey became able to fly once again and ready to be released.
Great success in national conservation! Rudolph, the poisoned and later rehabilitated Imperial Eagle, found a younger mate soon after his release. It is also pleasing that despite its poisoning and the additional stress they have even started to breed already!
MME/Birdlife launched its Life+ project, titled „Conservation of the Imperial Eagles in Hungary” (LIFE10NAT/HU/019), in which nature conservation experts were contracted to develop a Natura 2000 Management Plan for the Jászság SPA (HUHN10005) area.
Recent poisoning wave in Hungary took its next victims. In a hunting area in the Kiskunság, three Marsh Harriers, one Common Buzzard and a strictly protected Saker Falcon -which was fitted with a satellite transmitter- succumbed to poisoned baits put out intentionally.