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Green Balkans accepted a fourth young Imperial Eagle in distress for this summer

Green Balkans accepted a fourth young Imperial Eagle in distress for this summer

27.09.2011
The initial examination revealed the serious condition of the young eagle. The right foot has been torn at the knee and is completely missing. The left foot has started to develop necrosis; it is completely immobile and shows signs of electrical burns. Electricity is therefore suggested as the most probable cause of the damages on the feet of the eagle, yet the typical signs of burns on the tail and body usually seen on electrocuted large birds of prey are missing. It is therefore very difficult to exactly pin-point the cause of these injuries. Yet another option is getting trapped in illegally set traps for carnivores. However the suggestion that this is an electrocution case is supported by the fact that there are several power lines crossing the area. The young and non-experienced eagle might have tried to land on one of the pylons and caused a short-circuit which resulted in those horrible injuries. Furthermore, it was raining the day before the young eagle was found and humidity additionally increases the chances of fatal damages caused by electricity in case of direct contact.

Unfortunately the experts of the Rescue Centre of Green Balkans are almost completelty helpless to aid the injured Imperial Eagle. Despite the therapy, the overall condition of the bird quickly worsens, muscles start dying and the lethal exit becomes inevitable.
The short history of this young bird is extremely dramatic. The eaglet is one of two, hatched in the nest of the only pair of Imperial Eagles known to breed in Sredna gora.

In the end of June strong storms knock the chicks down the nest. One of them is transported to the Rescue Centre of Green Balkans and is later “adopted” by a foster family – another breeding pair of eagles in the area of the Derventski Heights. The second eaglet, later found by BSPB after a thorough search, is placed in an artificial nest closeto the fallen one, where its parents find it and continue their cares. The eaglet is marked with a satellite transmitter to enable moniroting the development of the young bird. The eagle fledges successfully and roams in the area of the nest until September 22nd. The eaglet is then found helpless on the ground by a local villager who contacts the officers of the Central Balkan National Park. Our colleagues react immediately and despite the holiday forward the bird to experts of Green Balkans. The eagle in distress is rushed to the Rescue Centre. At the end, all those efforts of local people, non-government organizations and park officers turn out insufficient to save the live of the young Imperial Eagle.
Unfortunately we have had more and more cases of electrocuted birds of pray and growing pile of evidence on the detrimental effects of the power network on many species of birds.

We would like to remind you that the three other cases of young Imperial Eagles accepted in the Rescue Centre of Green Balkans this spring all concerned young birds, fallen from their nest or failing to fledge. In two of the cases the birds were successfully recovered and released back into the wild. The third eaglet however was left in the Rescue Centre and is currently undergoing treatment as the hopes of the team are that it would soon be returned to the wild. Unfortunately the fourth case was absolutely impossible to recover.

For more information, please contact:

Gradimir Gradev –Imperial Eagle Fieldwork Coordinator
e-mail: ggradev@greenbalkans.org , mobile phone: +359 885609289

Liubomila Krivoshieva –Wildlife Rehabilitatior – Wildlife Rescue Centre
e-mail: lkrivoshieva@greenbalkans-wrbc.org , mobile phone: +359 885228486