The first Bonelli's Eagle of the season tagged in Crete
The breeding season of the Bonelli's Eagles has started since February, so in many nests are already present fully-feathered chicks, that will be ready soon for their first flight.
The first ringing for this year's breeding season under the LIFE Bonelli eastMed Project took place in Chania, on the chick of a well-known pair of Bonelli's Eagles that were trying to breed since five years, but without success. This year, however, they breeded succesfully and so the team of the Natural History Museum of Crete - University of Crete did not miss the opportunity to tag the young Bonelli's Eagle with a satellite transmitter!
The action was carried out with the valuable help of the climber Costas Marmatzakos and Nikos Samaritakis, volunteer of the HOS/BirdLife Greece.
Nikos Samaritakis (left) observes the Ringing Team from the opposite slope and directs accordinbly the climber Kostas Marmatzakos (right)
Left: The young Bonelli's Eagle back to the safety of its nest, having been marked with a satellite transmitter that will allow us to monitor its movements, giving us valuable information that will help us protect it more effectively. Right: one of the two parents, while observing from above the ringing process of his little one