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Eastern Imperial Eagle population trends in Central Europe

Discussion in 'Wildlife & Nature Conservation' started by Jana, 30 Oct 2016.

  1. Jana

    Jana Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
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    Thank you very much for this positive information Jana. Nice to see that yet another bird of prey is doing quite well - at least in Central Europe.
    In Western Europe the White-tailed sea eagle is returning to its former distribution areas. In the Netherlands there was also a discusion about re-introduce this species in the 1990-ties and 2000-ts but before it actualy took place, the species was quicker and returned by itself :).
     
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    I saw the Western Imperial Eagle in Portugal last year - they have a growing population of juveniles in the area I am pleased to say, probably overspill from the Spanish population
     
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    I found latest info on Imperial eagle breeding in Czech republic (2016):

    - 6 pairs managed to rear 12 chicks (1x1, 4x2 and 1x3 chicks per nest).
    - 3 pairs built a nest but no eggs/chicks found.
    - 1 or maybe 2 young territorial pairs were observed without nest.

    One adult successfull pair was discovered in Bílé Karpaty mountains, first breeding record for that area.
    One nonbreeding young pair was observed near city Brno, that is ca 30-40 km north from known range.
     
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