Fortune in its unfortunate was a young female Bonelli’s eagle in Mani

Fortune in its unfortunate was a young female Bonelli’s eagle in Mani

The young Bonelli’s eagle that we named Maini due to her Mani origin, was tagged with a satellite transmitter by the team of HOS/BirdLife Greece in June 2021 in her nest in Eastern Mani. During her wanderings she discovered Kythira, where she preferred to settle for the winter.

Unfortunately everything change last weekend (26-27/02), when her transmitter showed us that Maini was almost static ... Luckily, a number of sensitised and active volunteers in Kythira and Neapoli, Laconia, visited the region and at noon on Saturday, the female Bonelli’s eagle was found injured, possibly due to collision.

Next step was the transfer of the young bird at the Wildlife Rescue Centre of ANIMA in Athens, in order to perform all the necessary examinations and to begin her treatment. Unfortunately, her injury is quite serious but we still hope that Maini will fly again soon.


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We would like to warmly thank all the volunteers who contributed to her rescue: Maria Aroni, Aristea Giannoglou, Miltos Gletsos and especially Mr. Giannis Protopsaltis who found the bird. Also the veterinarian Mrs. Katerina Stathatou in Kythira, as well as the crew of Seajets that transported her safely to Athens.

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The LIFE Bonelli eastMed project “Conservation & Management of the Bonelli's eagle population in east Mediterranean” will address the most critical threats to Bonelli’s eagle populations in Greece and Cyprus. The overall objective is to ensure the long-term favourable conservation status for the species’ interconnected local populations, through the establishment and operation of the East Mediterranean Bonelli’s Eagle Network.

The project is implemented by the Natural Museum of Crete - University of Crete, the Game and Fauna Service (Game Fund) - Cyprus, the Hellenic Ornithological Society/BirdLife Greece, the Ministry of Environment & Energy - Greece, the Department of Forests - Cyprus and the NCC Environmental Studies Ltd with the financial contribution of the LIFE instrument of the EE.

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