MME and the Bükki National Park were alerted regarding a strange poisoning case in mid-January. A local hunter found the body of the 6-year old, ringed Slovakian Imperial Eagle and a little later its mate too while tracking in Heves County. Veterinarian and toxicological examinations showed that both birds died by direct poisoning.
The Raptor Conservation Section of MME/BirdLife, Hungary and the Monitoring Centre in collaboration with the National Parks and other NGOs have organized the nationwide count of the wintering species of Eagles and other Birds of Prey for the 9th time in Hungary.
The Common Buzzard is the commonest, most widespread raptor species both in lowlands and mountainous areas. They are usually mistakenly believed to be “eagles” by the general public. Since they prefer perching next to busy highways and roads taking advantage of the managed (grazed or mowed) grassy habitats running parallel to those, many people can see them basically everywhere. However, it was not always, like that.