Egg theft from White-tailed eagle nest caught of CCTV

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8FdRQL0Y8k4&feature=youtu.be

Watch this sensational video of an egg thief caught in the act of stealing a clutch of 2 eggs from the nest of a White-tailed eagle nest in Denmark. We are are unaware of this behaviour ever  being captured on film or by video anywhere before. This time the evidence clearly shows the culprit was not human. The animal responsible was a Pine Marten which obviously has managed to climb the tall tree after dark, then making its way through the dense branches into the nest structure scaring off the male eagle seen incubating the two white eggs. This is a particular tragedy, because there are too few white-tailed eagles nesting in Denmark, and second because thousands of people from across the word have been watching the live webcam hoping to see the eggs hatch within the next week.

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Latvian Live White-tailed eagle  webcam

The images shown by this webcam are visible during daylight hour 6am until 5pm GMT

Single Latvian White-tailed  eagle HD. (exceptional quality)

 

 

RSPB Scotland says DF Concerts’ osprey tactics are on ‘right side of the law’

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An ornithologist in the controversial cherry picker near an existing nest on Strathallan Castle estate.

RSPB Scotland has said it will not be taking legal action against T in the Park, despite a cherry picker complete with Saltire and balloons being placed near an osprey nest in Perthshire. The     controversial move to use the giant crane, which had an ornithologist on top of it yesterday, has been defended by festival organiser DF Concerts.

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To shoot or not to shoot. Did politics ruin the day!!

Some of you may know that at Langholm in 2014 there was sufficient Red Grouse to hold a shooting season. So many people were amazed when they heard that the estate had curiously made a decided not to hold a shoot last year despite the high numbers of red grouse on the moor. This is the statement provided by the Langholm moor project -The recommendation of the Head Gamekeeper and the project’s Scientific Contact Group is that we should not shoot in order to protect the breeding population of red grouse in 2015. The Directors accept these recommendations and confirm there will be no shooting in this the seventh year of the Project.. Given that £3.5 million of public funding  was provided for this project, and the Buccleuch’s estate were keen to see the moor returned to viable shooting, was there more at stake here? Even the RSPB were amazed at this outcome.

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At least 200 Himalayan Griffon Vultures died in the State of Assam in past year.

 The Himalayan griffon, a migratory bird which comes to Assam every winter from the Himalayan region, has been becoming a victim of poisoning in Assam every year and over 200 vultures, mostly Himalayan griffons, have died in the last one year in Assam. Sources at the the Vulture Conservation and Breeding Centre (VCBC), Rani, said that out of the 200 vultures that had been killed in Assam during the past one year, there were at least 10 critically-endangered white-backed vultures (Gyps bengalensis) and slender-billed vultures (Gyps tenuirostris), which has caused serious concern to the naturalists.

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The corpses of dozens of poisoned White-backed vultures 

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Rutland Water Ospreys: Proposal to place 9 130m high turbines in Osprey flight line.

Today  23 March, Raptor Politics received a request for advice from one of our followers concerned at a proposal to install nine 130m high wind turbines near Rutland Water in order to prepare a response. We are advised that it is not uncommon to see Ospreys in the Rutland area as they travel through the area visiting nearby fishing lakes. We were asked do we have any information about how this proposal might affect the ospreys near Rutland Water ? We have responded  to this request by publishing the attached information which we feel is both helpful and relevant to the question we were asked.  The detail  below was first published by Save the Eagles International.

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Osprey with Bass

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Tragedy in waiting for the American Bald Eagle

bald eagle.JPGTragedy in waiting for Bald eagle… My 8 year struggle with Whatcom County, State and Federal wildlife agents to acknowledge the presence of an active eagles nest, took a dark turn yesterday. I was so excited on Tuesday when I saw Skye sitting on egg(s), but I hadn’t realized that the new trail Whatcom County made the developer at Seabright Farms install, was already being used so much.

The Merlin a new book by Richard Sale, Reviewed here.

The Merlin by Richard Sale

Self Published by Snowfinch Publishing

ISBN 978 0 9571732 1 7

March 2015 [email protected]

Hardback Price £40.00 Pages 304

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For all birds of prey lovers this book fills a gap for a species which so many birders often miss as this little rocket flies through the uplands in summer and lowlands in winter. The book covers the world distribution and not surprisingly Britain is the main centre for ground nesting with so much of our uplands destroyed for Red Grouse shooting.

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Farming community are the first to go public raising concerns over Lynx release in eastern counties

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SHEEP farmers have raised concerns over discussions to introduce lynx to parts of the eastern counties.

 Thetford Forest, which borders Norfolk and Suffolk has been earmarked as one of three potential sites to rewild with the medium-sized wild cat. The project, backed by the Lynx UK Trust, would see between four and six Eurasian Lynx released in the forest, and a consultation is planned in the coming weeks.

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Malta: Hunting figures raise suspicions over low reporting by shooters

A turtle dove targeted by hunters in Malta.

A turtle dove targeted by hunters in Malta.

A comparison between the daily number of birds migrating over Malta last autumn and the numbers hunted during the same days raises questions on potential under-reporting by hunters, according to official figures.

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Double trouble for the T in the park Music festival.

The organisers of T in the Park festival in Perthshire may have to deal with two pairs of ospreys turning up  at their new site rather than the single pair originally expected, conservationists are warning.

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Osprey nest being inspected for damage

The resident pair which normally nest at Strathallan Castle Estate are expected to return any day from wintering in West Africa. Disturbing them once they have arrived and are nesting could be a serious offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.