There are several important wintering sites for Eagles in Hungary. Among them, the most numerous are the White-tailed Eagle consisting of lots of Northern European individuals. Majority of the immature, local Eastern Imperial Eagles spends the winter here, as well. Although, they are rare; Spotted Eagles and Golden Eagles occur occasionally on the Counts.
Common Buzzards keep continuing to be the most numerous victims of medium voltage pylons, along other strictly protected species, like those two satellite-tagged Imperial Eagles that were electrocuted in the past few weeks.
Following satellite tagged birds of prey and storks via the internet is now available for researchers and the public. In an international joint project, movement data and position of more than 80 individuals of 4 highly endangered bird species tagged in Central and Southeast-Europe is accessible on www.satellitetracking.eu.
Two strictly protected Imperial Eagles were poisoned again. The police has launched an investigation against an unknown culprit. The young birds were born in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County, and they were just about to leave the nest site to start their independent life in the Carpathian Basin.
Four different Hungarian-born, color-ringed Imperial Eagles were photographed in the neighboring countries in this past month. Among them was Panni who has a satellite transmitter and so far provided the highest number of coordinates about the dispersal movements of the young Imperial Eagles.
Panni the satellite-tagged Imperial Eagle has visited 12 countries already. She was born in Heves County in 2011 and has become famous after having been robbed from the nest at the age of a few days. She has been wandering around the borderland of Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary since June.
Associates of the Hortobágyi National Park and the Budapest ZOO released an Imperial Eagle after its recovery. The bird was found near Báránd on June 26th, workers of the local government spotted her first, acting strange in an alfalfa field. Later turned out that she probably consumed from poisoned bait, which must have been put out intentionally. There was another Imperial Eagle poisoned in the area in 2009, already.
Four young Imperial Eagles got satellite transmitters first within the framework of the new Life+ project launched in January. One of the actions of the project is to mark 30 juveniles in Hungary from 2012 through 2015.
The Magyar Posta exhibits Hungary’s wildlife on series of stamps and stamp blocks every year. This year’s choice is Birds of Prey. The series that accompany the block depicts in their rising conservation value the Imperial Eagle, the White-tailed Eagle, The Red-footed Falcon and the Saker Falcon while the Common Buzzard being the Bird of the Year of 2012 is on the block itself.
More and more birds of prey succumb to poisons. All the cases have occurred within a certain area, thus deliberate cause is highly probable.