The return of booted eagles from Africa to breed in ‘Lozoya’ valley allows us to open the webcam in order to watch the daily events of this bird of prey. This project developed by ‘Comunidad de Madrid’ and hired to SEO/BirdLife is another option proposed by the National Park Authority to enjoy Nature from home.
A window to Nature
The chance to enjoy, understand and learn about Nature from home is possible thanks to different propositions under the hashtag: #StayHome from Windows to the National Park and pastime proposals, to other audiovisual contents such as booted eagle and black vulture‘s webcams operating since last month; those are actions conducted by the National Park Authority to allow everyone to get close to nature without going out during the pandemic emergency.
By virtue of webcams, day-to-day events of different predatory birds can be followed as a way of getting raptors’ lives close to the public who wishes to contemplate or follow the breeding season, their daily events in the forest, the difficulties encountered trying to feed five or six fledglings or their courage to keep the eggs warm despite the thick cover of snow over them during the lay, as it has happened a few weeks ago with black vulture.
Migratory woodland bird of prey
The booted eagle is a migratory bird of prey that breeds in woodland areas all over Spain. The individuals spend approximately two months per year migrating (14% of their annual cycle), five months breeding (42%) and other five months at their winter sites. These data enhance the importance of a global habitat management in different countries along the year for the conservation of the species. International cooperation is vital to create safe areas for booted eagles.
Where do booted eagles spend their time?
During the reproductive period all the booted eagle’s adults are at their breeding grounds, located in woodland areas all over Spain. However, even at that time, they cover extensive territory around their nests up to 75km per day looking for sustenance; territory which is comprised mainly by a heterogeneous mosaic of shrubs, patches of forest interspersed with dry farming crops, open areas and grassland landscapes.
The majority of booted eagles are Trans-Saharan migratory birds. During their migration they gather at the Strait of Gibraltar to cross the sea towards Africa, passing over Sahara desert and crossing Algeria, Mali and Mauritania. Autumn migration goes on from early August to early October, and it takes them approximately 23 days. Spring migration takes place from the 25th of February to the 21st of March, lasting 28 days. Those seasonal differences are due to more direct routes and less frequent stops during the autumn migration.
There are 324 couples visiting ‘Comunidad de Madrid’ every year, 100 of which breed at ‘Sierra de Guadarrama’ National Park.
Translated by Aurora de la Rosa