Preliminary results from winter supplementary feeding of the Imperial Eagles in Southeastern Bulgaria

25 January.2022

At the beginning of December, the winter supplementary feeding of five pairs of Imperial eagles started in Southeastern Bulgaria. The supplementary feeding takes place between December and March and aims to keep breeding pairs in their territories throughout the year, attract and keep wintering young birds in safe places and provide safe food to reduce the risk of poisoning and illegal shooting.

The data from the installed photo traps document the effect of the supplementary feedings. The photos show interesting shots of feeding pairs of Imperial Eagles, but also of Common buzzards, crows and even owls – atypical behavior for a nocturnal bird of prey. The Imperial Eagles regularly visit the feeding sites, with one of the pairs taking 100% of the food provided.

The activity is in the implementation of a measure from the Action Plan for the Conservation of the Imperial eagle: 2.3.2. Artificial feeding of Imperial eagles in winter and is part of the project “Implementation of measures from the Action Plan for the Conservation of the Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) in the Republic of Bulgaria” (BG16M1OP002-3.027-0005).

The project is funded by the Operational Programme “Environment”, under priority axis NATURA 2000 and biodiversity, procedure “Measures to improve the conservation status of birds – 2”, co-financed by the European Union through the European Structural and Investment funds.

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