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Saving Eagles from Death by Collision With Power Lines

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Old Saturday 29th September 2018, 16:29   #1
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Thumbs up Saving Eagles from Death by Collision With Power Lines

No doubt this issue exists wherever there are large birds (predatory birds such as Eagles particularly susceptible as they scan the ground for prey) and Power Lines.

Perhaps if the issue is not being addressed in your area or country, you could advocate /trial these techniques

This comes from Tasmania, Australia, where there is only something like 400 breeding adults or less left of the magnificent Endangered Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila Audax Fleayi)

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?sto...d=208672578733

Further information here:
https://www.threatenedspecieslink.ta...led-Eagle.aspx




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Old Saturday 29th September 2018, 17:35   #2
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I once saw an Arctic Skua get killed by flying in to a phone or power line on the Shetland Islands.
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Old Sunday 21st October 2018, 04:14   #3
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Exclamation Wedged-tail eagles deaths on TasNetworks power lines rises by 140 per cent

There needs to be a whole lot more done ......
https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-...bw&pfmredir=sm

This data makes this prior warning all the more relevant. When you consider the millions? of kms of power lines in the Australian mainland and world it becomes a significant issue for eagles.
https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-...smania/7405768





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Old Sunday 26th May 2019, 04:43   #4
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Unhappy That Raptor bloke ......

More needs to be done on prevention, but 30% rehabilitated and released is better than zero.

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Thumbs up Juvenile Tasmanian WTE tracking project

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No doubt this issue exists wherever there are large birds (predatory birds such as Eagles particularly susceptible as they scan the ground for prey) and Power Lines.

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There's been a lot of work on this in Spain where Bonelli's and Spanish Imperial Eagle seem particularly (although not uniquely) vulnerable to electrocution. Interestingly, a disproportionate % of larger female SEIs fall victim. Despite legislation forcing companies to (re)design pylons to avoid deaths and heavy fines the carnage continues. See for example

https://english.elpais.com/elpais/20...59_236810.html

https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...51989415000062

https://www.researchgate.net/figure/...fig3_215798394
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Tom Gullick told us about this problem when we did his assault course in 1992. SIE were frying as they took off from the pylons and each wing touched a different cable. He had the wherewithal to speak to men in high places and things did improve, but I think it is back to square one - it's also a dreadful problem in Morocco - along the migration route.
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Tom Gullick told us about this problem when we did his assault course in 1992. SIE were frying as they took off from the pylons and each wing touched a different cable. He had the wherewithal to speak to men in high places and things did improve, but I think it is back to square one - it's also a dreadful problem in Morocco - along the migration route.
The issues are by no means resolved but as far as Spain is concerned I think we have moved on from "square one" although not nearly far enough. Electricity companies now have a legal obligation to ensure that pylon design does not cause eagles to be electrocuted and where at fault companies have been hit by large fines (in one case €100,001 plus €42,920 compensation).
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The issues are by no means resolved but as far as Spain is concerned I think we have moved on from "square one" although not nearly far enough. Electricity companies now have a legal obligation to ensure that pylon design does not cause eagles to be electrocuted and where at fault companies have been hit by large fines (in one case €100,001 plus €42,920 compensation).
That's good news John, thanks for the update. Of course other more insidious forms of persecution continue.
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I have attached a photo of a typical pylon in Andalucia,with attached protection. As John says, electric suppliers must take the utmost care. Unfortunately there are a lot of private electric lines which have no such obligation (I believe). Still, this protection is a good step forward.
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