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Verreaux's eagle ranging behaviour

We caught and GPS tagged the first Verreaux’s eagle for this project back in 2012. It was a breakthrough at the time and watching the first data download onto our base station filled me with excitement for what we would find out.
Here it is. Our first paper “Ranging behaviour of Verreaux’s eagles during the pre-breeding period determined through the use of high temporal resolution tracking”, published by PlosOne today. PlosOne is an open access journal, meaning it is free for anyone to click on the link and download the paper.
One of the great surprises for me was the relatively small home range that these eagles maintained. Considering the inter-nest distances, these small home ranges are expected. But considering the wingspan and soaring abilities of these birds the optimistic dreamer in me had expected soaring over vast expanses. Another surprise was the lack of any obvious difference in the distance and duration of trips away from the nest between the eagles in the natural Cederbe…

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