Poisoning of raptors in Serbia is not halted! The newest proof for that is the most recent case which has ended positively thanks to prompt reaction of conservationists of PannonEagle project and volunteers. Exhausted adult White-tailed Eagle was found near Sanad (in north Banat) early in the morning on 6 April by local hunting ground manager Ljubiša Oluški. The bird was located in the field, showing visible symptoms of poisoning.
"Osli" - named after the region where he hatched – fledged from a nest lying near the Austrian-Hungarian border last year. Together with four other imperial eagle nestlings it was tagged in the frame of an Austrian-Hungarian cooperation last summer (Technisches Büro für Biologie - Mag. Dr. Rainer Raab, the Fertő-Hanság National Park Directorate and MME/BirdLife Hungary).
The 14th National Eagle Census was organized by MME/Birdlife in collaboration with the Directorates of National Parks and other NGOs.
Due to adverse weather resulting in strenuous field conditions, the survey area and hence the number of recorded eagles were somewhat lower compared to that of last year.
The Raptor Conservation Department and the Monitoring Centre of MME are organizing the 13th National Eagle Census in collaboration with national park directorates and other non-governmental organizations, as well. Its aim is to monitor the wintering population of birds of prey species in Hungary. There are several important wintering sites for Eagles in Hungary.
Another, satellite-tracked Saker Falcon was electrocuted, this time in Slovakia. The case was revealed by the bird's transmitter. So far, six adult Saker Falcons have received GPS-based tracking devices in the frame of the conservation project "Securing prey sources for endangered Falco cherrug and Aquila heliaca populations in the Carpathian basin” (RAPTORSPREYLIFE) LIFE13 NAT/HU/000183, supported by the European Union.
Birds of preys have always been considered by game-keepers as pests which take a serious toll on the populations of their “precious” small game species. One would never think that certain raptors, notably Imperial Eagle and White-tailed Eagle in Hungary, being on the top of the food chain, are the most effective regulators of the populations of such species, mainly corvids and mammalian predators, which are hunted legally otherwise, therefore benefitting hunters.