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A Bulgarian Eaglet decided to winter in Turkey! An Imperial Eagle, marked in Bulgaria, was photographed in Turkey!

A Bulgarian Eaglet decided to winter in Turkey! An Imperial Eagle, marked in Bulgaria, was photographed in Turkey!

09.12.2011
The eagle hatched and grew in the Municipality of Elkhovo, Bulgaria. According to the biometric data taken (size of body and wings), the bird is a male. It was marked by the team of Green Balkans in June 2011 with a standard metal ring of the Bulgarian ornithological central, as well as with a PVC ring (green with a white K3). It was the colour ring which allowed for identifying the bird. It is fitted to the eagle so the bird can be individually recognized after fledging. The post-release monitoring, revealing the sites where birds spend most of their time, especially in one of the hardest times – wintertime, is of great significance for the conservation of the species. The colour ring is the cheapest way to identify and monitor birds. This case proves the great effectiveness of the method once again!

Until now this bird was known as Eagle 8. As an acknowledgement of the contribution of the photographer in revealing the biology of the species, we are going to call it “Altun” (“golden coin”) from now on. Furthermore, this is exactly how the young eagle looks on the picture – lighted by the sun, shining like a golden coin. The name also holds a symbolic meaning, considering the fact that the species is globally threatened and each individual is valuable as gold. This is the name we are going to use in all archives, articles and analysis to be compiled.

This is a symbolic acknowledgement to everyone who contributes to the conservation of these threatened birds!

You can also name an eagle or a vulture!

In addition to ringing, the team of Green Balkans also applies other techniques to track the eagles, such as fitting them with radio or GPS/GSM transmitters. For identifying the exact location of the eagle during radio-tracking, it is necessary to track the transmitter from at least two distant positions. The other type of transmitters – the GPS/GSM transmitters send the locations identified by satellite, through the network of a mobile operator. These methods are very precise but also much more expensive. Their application has become possible through the funding received by the Operational Programme Environment 2007 – 2013.

They have allowed for identifying the exact territories of the birds. The collected information is later used for the conservation of the species, including preventing the development of certain investment intentions.

More for these and other activities funded by the “Conservation measures for target species of the EU Birds Directive – Lesser Kestrel, Black Vulture, and Imperial Eagle in their main habitats in Bulgaria” project can be found here.

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Altun – the young Imperial Eagle marked in Bulgaria by Green Balkans and photographed in Turkey. Photographer: Oguz Altun. The photographer has agreed to grant the shot for nature conservation, education and information use, kindly asking us to indicate his name. We are turning to media to please respect his request.

The team of Green Balkans marking young Imperial Eagles in Bulgaria. Photographer: Green Balkans.

For additional information, please contact:
Gradimir Gradev
Imperial Eagle field activities coordinator
e-mail: ggradev@greenbalkans.org
Phone: +359 885 609289



The activities for Imeprial Eagle conservation are within the project “Conservation measures for target species of the EU Birds Directive – Lesser Kestrel, Black Vulture, and Imperial Eagle in their main habitats in Bulgaria”. The project is implemented by Green Balkans with the financial assistance of the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union and the state budget of the Republic of Bulgaria through Environment OP 2007-2013 (ope.moew.government.bg), Axis 3 “Preservation and restoration of biodiversity”: project No 58301–60-480, Contract No 58301 – С – 008, procedure BG161PO005/08/3/01/05.