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Saving Eagles from Death by Collision With Power Lines (1 Viewer)

Chosun Juan

Given to Fly
Australia - Aboriginal
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 :t:

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?story_fbid=187996882101395&id=208672578733

Further information here:
https://www.threatenedspecieslink.tas.gov.au/Pages/Wedge-tailed-Eagle.aspx




Chosun :gh:
 
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Chosun Juan

Given to Fly
Australia - Aboriginal

John Cantelo

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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.

Chosun :gh:

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/2019/08/05/inenglish/1565002159_236810.html

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2351989415000062

https://www.researchgate.net/figure...aluc-a-Southern-Spain-Data-are_fig3_215798394
 

Jon Turner

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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.
 

John Cantelo

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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).
 

Jon Turner

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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.
 

gerald762

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England
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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