Rare ea­gle res­cued by ESO on its way back to Sul­tanate

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MUS­CAT: A rare greater spot­ted ea­gle hy­brid that was saved by the En­vi­ron­ment So­ci­ety of Oman (ESO) in Jan­u­ary is now on its way back to the Sul­tanate, ac­cord­ing to the non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The ESO res­cued the ea­gle from the vicin­ity of the Mus­cat Mu­nic­i­pal Land­fill and fit­ted it with a satel­lite trans­mit­ter be­fore re­leas­ing it back into the wild. Af­ter mov­ing west towards Saudi Ara­bia, the ea­gle trav­elled to Ye­men in mid Fe­bru­ary and was now on its way back north, track­ing data with the so­ci­ety showed.

A state­ment on the ESO’s web­site de­tailed its ap­proach to con­ser­va­tion.

“Rap­tors, or birds of prey, such as ea­gles, fal­cons, vul­tures, hawks and owls are key in­di­ca­tors of the over­all health of the ecosys­tem. Sit­ting at the top of the food chain, they pro­vide many ecosys­tem ser­vices.

An ex­am­ple of this is that they eat mil­lions of in­sects, which, if left unchecked, would threaten agri­cul­ture crops. They also con­sume an­i­mal car­casses, which, in turn, pre­vents the spread of dis­ease.”

“Over the last few decades,” the ESO said, “hu­man activities have con­trib­uted to the frag­men­ta­tion and de­struc­tion of rap­tor habi­tats through de­vel­op­ment; the in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion of agri­cul­ture and other land-use prac­tices; elec­tro­cu­tion and col­li­sion with power lines; shoot­ing, poi­son­ing and trap­ping; and re­duced breed­ing suc­cess due to pes­ti­cides and other con­tam­i­nants.”

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