Call for help af­ter ea­gle dis­ap­pear­ance

Bird Watching (UK) - - News Wire -

RSPB Scot­land has is­sued an ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion af­ter the dis­ap­pear­ance of yet an­other young Golden Ea­gle in the In­ver­ness area. The satel­lite tagged fe­male van­ished in early July, in the northern Mon­adhliath moun­tains, to the south-east of the Scot­tish city, and is the eighth such bird to mys­te­ri­ously van­ish in five years. A tagged male Hen Har­rier also dis­ap­peared in a sim­i­lar man­ner from the same re­gion in mid Au­gust, adding to the tally of rap­tors that have met the same fate in the area. In ev­ery case, data re­ceived from the tags showed the tags to be work­ing per­fectly just be­fore they sud­denly ceased trans­mit­ting. Sev­eral of the birds were later found to have been il­le­gally killed. RSPB Scot­land say that they do not think it co­in­ci­den­tal that the ma­jor­ity of ‘dis­ap­pear­ing’ tagged rap­tors have van­ished over in­ten­sively man­aged game bird ar­eas.

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