Another globally threatened species – Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga recorded at BSPB Poda Protected Site

Greater Spotted Eagle, photo: Internet

During the first seconds after appearing on the terrace of the BSPB Poda Centre on 18.02.2017, some lucky visitors got in view three globally endangered species of birds: Common Pochard Aythya ferina, Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus and the Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga. And if the first two species are common sightings for Poda, we were very happy to see the third one, as there are not so many places, where it can be observed. The eagle was flying from South-East towards North-West, and for some time started soaring over the protected site.

The Greater Spotted Eagle of a forest living bird, spread dispersed on a huge territory of Eurasia, where according to BirdLife International between 3300 and 8800 individuals occur. Due to a marked decline throughout its population it is included in the list of the birds, threatened by total extinction from the Earth in the category "Vulnerable". It is listed as "Critically Endangered" in the National Red Data Book of Bulgaria. Regularly migrates through Bulgaria and part of the birds remain as wintering. Poda Protected Site is one of the areas with most numerous records of this bird both during migration and in winter time.

For more information:
BSPB Nature Conservation Centre PODA
Phone: +359 56 / 500 560
Mobile: + 359 878 252 722
E-mail: poda@bspb.org