Threat­ened sea ea­gles re­turn to north­west

Shanghai Daily - - NATION - (Xin­hua)

TWO rare white-tailed sea ea­gles have been spot­ted in north­west China’s Gansu Prov­ince.

The two ea­gles were noted by a lo­cal herds­man at Gansu Qil­ian­shan Na­tional Na­ture Re­serve.

Pho­tos of the two birds were also taken, mark­ing the first time that pho­tos of the birds have been cap­tured from within the re­serve.

The white-tailed sea ea­gle, listed as en­dan­gered on the In­ter­na­tional Union for Con­ser­va­tion of Na­ture’s red list, usu­ally lives at an alti­tude of 2,500 to 5,300 me­ters and is mainly found in north­ern China’s In­ner Mon­go­lia Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion, north­east China’s Hei­longjiang Prov­ince and north­west China’s Gansu Prov­ince.

“White-tailed sea ea­gles were once spot­ted in the 1980s in this area, in small quan­tity,” said Zhao Jun, who is with the na­ture re­serve. “How­ever, they grad­u­ally dis­ap­peared in the 1990s as a re­sult of a de­te­ri­o­rat­ing nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

“In re­cent years, with eco­log­i­cal pro­tec­tion mea­sures such as clos­ing mines and hy­dropower sta­tions, many rare an­i­mals are be­ing seen again.”

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