The male eagle captured has been given the name of ‘Hegoi’, ‘wind of the south’ in Euskera.
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The project ‘Radio-tracking of the Golden Eagle (Aquila Chrysaëtos) in Navarra’, currently underway as part of the collaboration agreement signed in 2015 between the Government of Navarra and Red Eléctrica de España, continues to yield results.
The male eagle of the breeding pair of Golden Eagles residing in the Ribera de Navarra, has been captured and fitted with a radio-tracking device with the collaboration of forestry agents of the Government of Navarra and personnel of MAGRAMA. This male specimen has been named ‘Hegoi’ (‘wind of the south’ in Euskera),
The project involves the capture and radio-tagging with GPS/Argos transmitters of adult territorial and breeding golden eagles of different eagle pairs residing in different areas of the Northern mountainous area, the highlands area and the Ribera area of Navarra, to obtain knowledge of their foraging areas, dependant on food availability; their reproductive capacity; the degree of human disturbance and the forest cover.
To date, four adult territorial Golden Eagles have been fitted with radio-transmitters; the male (‘Illun’) of a breeding pair whose territory is in the highlands of Navarra; an adult (‘Beratxa’) from the Northern Zone, and the female ‘Haizea’ – the breeding pair of ‘Hegoi’ – from the Ribera de Navarra, all of which are being monitored by satellite and are already providing information.
Moreover, the project will allow the identification of possible risks to the Golden Eagle in order to establish selection criteria when defining the siting of new infrastructure (electricity lines associated with the energy evacuation of wind farms, access routes, etc.) and improve environmental management of the species in Navarra.