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Steppe eagle flies safely back to Russia from Kenya

By RUPI MANGAT

A couple of weeks in the past, Simon Thomsett, co-founder of Kenya Fowl of Prey Belief had attention-grabbing information. He had been monitoring a Steppe eagle’s flying path from Kenya to Russia on his smartphone.

He reported: “The eagle has now landed.”

Final November, Thomsett had fitted the Steppe eagle with a GPRS backpack and launched it.

The Steppe eagle and a white-backed vulture had been discovered, barely alive, after consuming a poisoned sheep meant for hyenas that had killed 100 goats owned by herders within the Amboseli space. Tens of vultures lay lifeless from consuming a poisoned sheep carcass.

The eagle and vultures had suffered since they might not blink and the direct sunshine dried up their eyes.

They had been flown to the raptor rescue centre at Soysambu and nursed again to well being. A couple of days later, the Steppe eagle, now again to well being and fitted with a GPRS pack was launched to fly again house to Russia, the place it can keep earlier than returning to Kenya in October or November.

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The rescue concerned the Kenya Wildlife Service, Birdlife, Nature Kenya, Farmland Aviation and the Peregrine Fund.

In 2021, a tagged osprey that flew 6,000 kilometres from Finland to Busia close to the shores of Lake Victoria, received entangled in a fisherman’s web. It was discovered and rescued however later died from the results of the incident.

Kenya tops the checklist as one of many world’s most raptor wealthy nations, however numbers are dwindling quickly as a consequence of poisoning, newly erected energy traces and wind generators and human encroachment.

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