Video recorded by Fleur, LK forum
Estonian text posted 01.07.2018
… and such the procedure is – male Tõnn brings the prey to the nest and the female feeds the eaglet. Although the female too is away from the nest ever more often and for longer periods.
Let us look for a moment at the hybridizing in the breeding of mixed pairs of lesser and greater spotted eagles that may be a major risk factor for the rare greater spotted eagle.
Unfortunately there are no specific survey results but the female individuals of greater spotted eagles seem to lack male birds of their own species (late sexual maturity): lesser spotted eagle males breed with greater spotted eagle females.
Such mixed pairs where one partner may be a lesser spotted eagle have formed in more than half of our greater spotted eagle territories.
The points above should be investigated thoroughly in the activities of the protected eagle.
In the article last week similarities and differences between the species are described: LINK