Maybe some people might find interesting the positive population trend of Eastern Imperial Eagle in Central Europe, or better to say in Pannonian plain (lowlands inside Carpatian mountain ranges). Short introduction - Europe knows two Imperial Eagle species. Western one lives in Spain and Portugal and is rather popular and known. The Eastern one, spread in Pannonian plains, southern Balkan, Anatolia, Caucasus, Eastern Ukraine, South Russia and middle Asia, gets generally much less attention, probably because he doesn´t live in Western Europe (any more). The population in Pannonian plain (Hungary + surrounding countries) grows very nicely now, thanks to intensive protection measures. While in the 1970s, maybe ca 20 pairs were left in the whole area. Current situation: Hungary - 180 pairs nested this year, positive trend Slovakia - ca 55 pairs last year, stable trend recently Austria - 18 pairs with nests this year, strong growth Czech republic - 7 pairs with nests last year, other immature pairs with territory Romania - 1 pair with chicks near Hungarian border this year, one teritorial pair with no nest = ca 260 pairs in total, the population grows more then 5 % annually Due to positive trend of this most western population of Eastern Imperial Eagle, its range is very slowly spreading and the species returns to places where it got extinct in the past. Who knows, maybe it will continue also more towards west and countries like Germany and France will get its long lost native eagle species back, without need of active reintroduction.