We are fortunate to be able to enjoy the wonderfull Bonelli’s Eagles (Aquila fasciata) in Sierra Cabrera (Almeria), they are one of the rarest birds of prey in Europe. Yet, here in the Mojacar area we sometimes see them flying over our houses but, for how much longer?
This is a species with a large home range, that is the land they use for their life: nesting, foaging, roosting, courting, moulting… A study in Catalonia (Spain) shows that the home range of Bonelli’s Eagle is about 50 km2 (Bosch el at., 2010). The level of use of their home range is particularly high during the breeding period and, in future years, this will determine the presence or absence of this beautiful bird.
This “remote” areas where they nest today need to be protected from human disturbance for our children to admire them.
Home-ranges and patterns of spatial use in territorial Bonelli’s Eagles Aquila fasciata. rafael Bosch et al.,Ibis (2010), 152-117
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This picture was taken from here