Among many videos of Short-toed Eagles which have appeared on-line last years this one is certainly outstanding. The five-minute video is uploaded by Ezio Giuliano and shows scenes of Short-toed Eagles’ nest life. Just enjoy various beautiful moments of a parental care of the eaglet. Also you can view it with the comments directly on YouTube.
After 153 days of silence GSM transmitter of the adult Short-toed Eagle female tagged in Poland in 2012 started working again in Africa on March 1st. So, Polish ornithologists could mark her spring migration route receiving coordinates of her location each hour. The route was different from the autumn one: the bird visited Greece and Ukraine where she was travelling during almost 3 weeks, maybe because of the bad weather conditions, but finally she achieved the old breeding territory in Poland /map/. Her partner was observed there on April 17th with caught snake in his beak. The female joined him 2 days later.
You can find more information about the project on the Lublin Ornithology Society website and you can see detailed descriptions of the Short-toed Eagle’s adventures on the LTO page in Facebook (Pl). Also please view the migration map:
Please, enjoy the article published in Terre Sauvage and pictures of Short-toed Eagles adorning the text. These magnificent photos are taken by professional nature photographer David Allemand who has worked on the eagles in the Natural Regional Park of the Verdon /map/ during three years:
• Johannes BRAUN, 2013 – Circaète Jean-le-Blanc. Chasseur d’écailles [Short-toed Eagle. Hunter for scaly ones] // Terre Sauvage, n° 290, Mars-Avril: pages 38-44. – (Fr). The article was prepared in collaboration with Jean-Pierre Malafosse, Bernard Joubert and Renaud Nadal.
The video clip shows climbing to nests of birds of prey while studying Short-toed Eagles and Long-legged Buzzards in the Judean Foothills (Israel) /map/ in 2012. This is the second video by Guilad Friedemann published on our site. Both the clips are available in HD quality. Just choose the appropriate YouTube quality settings.
This article dedicated to the population of Short-toed Eagle in Macedonia is available on the Macedonian Ecological Society website:
• Metodija VELEVSKI & Bratislav GRUBAČ, 2008 – Distribution and estimation of the population size of the Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus in Macedonia // Proceedings of the III Congress of Ecologists of the Republic of Macedonia with International Participation, 06-09.10.2007, Struga. Special issues of Macedonian Ecological Society, Vol. 8, Skopje – (En).
While counting geese on Cape Chauda in the southern part of the Kerch Peninsula (Crimea, Ukraine) we have observed a young Short-toed Eagle (aged less than 1 year) on January 14, 2013. Then at the same location two individuals (male and female) in juvenile plumage too was observed on February 4, 2013. The birds were kept on a power pole surrounded by steppe.
Weather conditions in the autumn and winter of 2012/2013 years were soft, positive temperatures dominated, snowfall was rare and only for short periods. Observations in January and in February were made at above-zero temperature as well, snow cover was missing. Perhaps such weather conditions have caused Short-toed Eagles’ wintering in Crimea.
Possible prey items on Chauda: Steppe Viper (Vipera renardi); the snake is common there, but in warm winters can be active and can appear on the surface of the ground – we have seen them in previous winters; also voles couldn’t be excluded.