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.
The 10th National Eagle Census was organized by MME/Birdlife in collaboration with Directorates of National Parks and other NGOs. 298 people have participated in this year’s Eagle Count. The survey covered about 18.500 square-kilometers, including the most important Eagle wintering habitats. Monitoring of the Great Bustards was done parallel with that of the raptors.
It became clear during the last conference about illegal raptor poisonings in the Carpathian Basin that albeit this phenomenon exists in all neighbouring countries, the situation in Hungary is most severe. Only in the first quarter year of 2013, more than 50 protected birds of prey were poisoned in 21 incidents.
We participated in the Arms, Angling and Hunting International Exhibition again in 2013. Interested people could get information on bird conservation activities and find out more about the Bird of the Year, meanwhile our colleagues held presentations about our ongoing nature conservation projects.