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Re: Talk about

Posted: February 26th, 2015, 6:22 pm
by maertha
White-tailed Eagle Ingar found dead in Femanagh, Ireland

Ingar was almost four years old and was released as part of the Irish reintroduction programme. The cause of death is unknown, but according to the Golden Eagle Trust, illegal poisoning has been the greatest mortality factor in Ireland. http://www.goldeneagletrust.org/index.p ... Itemid=294
The eagle was named after 4 year old Ingar Ramvik, grandson of Livar Ramvik who collected the bird in Norway. Read more: http://www.goldeneagletrust.org/index.p ... Itemid=139

Re: Talk about

Posted: February 27th, 2015, 8:45 pm
by maertha
It's all a matter of opinion: According to an article in the Norrtleje Newspaper, the recently convicted Swedish hunter, who tortured and killed an eagle, seeks shorter sentence. Here a video of his activities. Warning: Graphic content http://norrteljetidning.se/nyheter/nyhe ... l-fangelse The prosecutor appeals for a tougher prison sentence for the man.
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    Justice/De Gerechtigheid. By Maarten van Heemskerck, 1556 public domain

Re: Talk about

Posted: February 27th, 2015, 8:48 pm
by maertha
White-tailed Eagle sightings increase in many parts of Europe.
See: Population Development of the White-tailed Sea Eagle in Finland 1970-2014 http://wwf.fi/elainlajit/merikotka/

Re: Talk about

Posted: March 5th, 2015, 8:04 pm
by maertha
Good news also from Denmark: New TV season and a record breeding year for the Danish White-tailed Eagles

According to the website of the Dansk Ornitologisk Forening (DOF), 2014 was a record year for the local WtE population – 46 of the country´s 61 pairs raised a total of 83 chicks.
Webcam: http://pandion.dof.dk/webtv

Season 2014
[youtube]qCM7uw4WP_Y#t=160[/youtube]


Published by DOFBirdlife, 21 October 2014

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Posted: March 8th, 2015, 10:05 am
by maertha
International Women's Day 2015 Image

Big Females Rule in the Animal Kingdom - interesting article by Daphne Fairbairn, University of California. Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daphne-fa ... 77995.html
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    Naumann, Natural history of the birds of central Europe, 1899. Public domain
In most raptor species the female is the considerably larger bird – but why? “Many hypotheses have been proposed to account for the origin and maintenance of reversed size dimorphism (RSD, females being larger than males) in hawks, falcons and owls, but no consensus has been reached.” Find more information in the research article by Oliver Krüger, Bielefeld University: The evolution of reversed sexual size dimorphism in hawks, falcons and owls: a comparative study. PDF available here: Publication list Krüger, see #41 http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/biologie/vh ... tions.html

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Posted: March 10th, 2015, 7:50 pm
by maertha
The Genius of Birds - Embryonic development ... It's absolutely incredible!

  • Published in May 2013 by Illustra Media

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Posted: March 14th, 2015, 5:42 pm
by maertha
9 March: Egg #1 12 March: Egg #2

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Posted: March 14th, 2015, 5:49 pm
by maertha
Evidence for Neandertal Jewelry: Modified White-Tailed Eagle Claws at Krapina, Croatia. Research article (free access) here http://journals.plos.org/plosone/articl ... ne.0119802

Krapina http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krapina
Krapina Neanderthal Museum http://www.mkn.mhz.hr/en/

  • Published 11 March 2015 by SciNews
See also: Presumed Symbolic Use of Diurnal Raptors by Neanderthals, doc 27., published 2012 viewtopic.php?f=46&t=231&start=20

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Posted: March 18th, 2015, 7:40 pm
by maertha
Sad news from the Latvian camera nest: Hooded Crows seize small window of opportunity
The crow left the nest this morning a few seconds before the parent bird returned. One egg was destroyed, the other one will hopefully survive. Read more: http://www.looduskalender.ee/en/node/22786

Re: Talk about

Posted: March 20th, 2015, 8:28 pm
by maertha
More bad news for Eagle-TV fans: The Danish nest is abandoned

According to Dansk Ornitologisk Forening (DOF), the thief - maybe a pine marten or a crow - was active last night or in the early morning.
Webcam: http://pandion.dof.dk/webtv

  • Published by DOFBirdLife, 20 March 2015

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Posted: March 22nd, 2015, 11:47 am
by maertha
New camera season: According to Mull Eagle Watch, the local WtE webcam should go live again in the next few weeks.
Read more: http://mulleaglewatch.com/tag/sula/

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White-tailed Eagle, Isle of Mull, Scotland. By Jacob Spinks from England (SEA EAGLE - BOOM!! (3)) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Isle of Mull: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isle_of_Mull

Re: Talk about

Posted: March 27th, 2015, 6:05 pm
by maertha
Good idea: A work of art at the first Birders Against Wildlife Crime (BAWC) conference.
Read more at Mark Avery´s website http://markavery.info/2015/03/22/stars-bawc-conference/
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    John Constable, The Hay Wain (1821), public domain
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Re: Talk about

Posted: March 27th, 2015, 11:19 pm
by maertha
Danish Eagle-TV: Here´s the egg-thief. Many thanks for the hint to b.h-p.

- Video available at DOF, Danish Ornithological Society -

There is a short but interesting article on egg robbers in the New Scientist, 14 March 1985, p 19. It says that the pine marten “remembers where it has robbed nests and returns to them the following season. A record of successful raids on nests, spanning more than 13 years, shows that a clutch is more likely to be lost to a pine marten if the hole (here referring to the nest of Tengmalm´s owls) has been robbed in the previous season. (…) However, if a pine marten is removed from its range it takes less than two seasons for another individual to establish itself and find the nesting sites.”

Could this be one of the reasons why White-tailed Eagles build several nests in their territory? Would make sense, since “owls recognized a nest site that had been vacant for a season as ´safe´again – the pine marten had either died or had forgotten the existence of that nest.”

Last year the chicks in the Hungarian TV-nest disappeared during the night (online 27 January-27 March). The Dutch WtE couple abandoned the nest after a heavy rain and an encounter with a marten at the end of April http://www.volgdezeearend.nl/onderzoek- ... -afgerond/

About the pine marten/ARKive info: http://www.arkive.org/pine-marten/martes-martes/

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Posted: March 30th, 2015, 5:51 pm
by maertha
Staatsbosbeheer reveals second webcam location: Badger castle. Click here to follow the badger: http://www.volgdedas.nl/
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    Walter Heubach (1865-1923), public domain
The Dutch White-tailed Eagle webcam (http://www.volgdezeearend.nl/ Follow the Sea Eagle/Volg de Zeearend) is not available this year.

Re: Talk about

Posted: April 1st, 2015, 6:19 pm
by maertha
Ornithological sensation: “Film maker and writer Terry Jones discovers a colony of penguins, which are unlike any other penguins in the world.” Source: BBC



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Re: Talk about

Posted: April 3rd, 2015, 12:38 pm
by maertha
Famers and White-tailed Eagles in Scotland: New Sea Eagle Management Scheme launched for 2015
Read more: http://snh.presscentre.com/News-Release ... 5-18b.aspx

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Posted: April 5th, 2015, 9:12 am
by maertha
Heather McDougall about the pagan roots of Easter: “Today, we see a secular culture celebrating the spring equinox, whilst religious culture celebrates the resurrection.” Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfre ... -symbolism
Happy Easter everyone! Image

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Posted: April 6th, 2015, 12:37 pm
by maertha
Sea eagles nesting in Orkney after 142 year absence

“The two birds, which have been regular visitors to the island of Hoy over the past two years, have now built an eyrie among crags on the island. It is not clear where the pair have come from, but it is possible they may have travelled across the North Sea from Scandinavia.” Sources: The Orcadian/BBC Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-nor ... d-32181462

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Island of Hoy By Srvban (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0
(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


Hoy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoy

Re: Talk about

Posted: April 8th, 2015, 6:23 pm
by maertha
White-tailed Eagle webcam at Lake Steinhude, Germany: At least one eaglet in the nest since Easter

Live Cam: http://www.oessm.org/blog/?page_id=6409
Service provided by Steinhuder Meer Ecological Conservation Center, the Hannover Region and the Federal State of Lower Saxony
Lake Steinhude: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steinhuder_Meer

Re: Talk about

Posted: April 8th, 2015, 6:29 pm
by maertha
The Golden Eagle Trust has published a code of practice for kayakers, canoeists and waterway users in White-tailed Sea Eagle breeding areas

:2thumbsup: “Feel free to print, share and distribute!” Available as a jpeg here, see 7 April 2015 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Golden-E ... 4808950774