• Germany edition
 
The white-tailed eagle soars again
Photo: DPA

The white-tailed eagle soars again

Published: 07 Apr 2012 09:24 GMT+02:00
Updated: 07 Apr 2012 09:24 GMT+02:00

In 1913 there were just 23 nesting white tailed eagles pairs along the Baltic Sea coastline – now there are around 300 in the state of Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania alone a study from the state environment office showed last week.

Nationally the number is thought to be as high as 600, says Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND), pointing out that there are also populations in Brandenburg and Schleswig-Holstein.

Laws to protect the majestic sea birds, also known as fish-eagles – were introduced during the 1920s, and by the 1950s numbers had increased.

But their recovery was still being hindered by pesticides containing now-illegal chemicals and around 80 percent of young white tailed eagles were dying, they were so badly affected by poisons in their food.

There were just 80 pairs in Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania in the 1980s, largely due to pesticide poisoning.

Today they are most threatened by lead poisoning as the birds, which eat carrion as well as fish, ingest bits of lead shot when eating animals which have been killed by hunters.

And oddly enough, the second biggest killer is collisions with trains.

DPA/The Local/jcw

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

10:38 April 7, 2012 by cassandra777
That is a photo of a fischadler, not an osprey.

For interested osprey fans here is a link:

http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/tracking/lochgartenospreys/
11:56 April 7, 2012 by Screeper
I think there has been a translation hiccup in this article. As cassandra points out the picture is of a Fischadler (or White-tailed Eagle in English).

But the Osprey is not Germany's biggest bird of prey, the White-tailed Eagle is. So is this article about the Osprey or the White-tailed Eagle?

I do know that the White-tailed Eagle was hunted/poisoned to the brink of extinction so maybe it is their recovery that the Local is reporting on and not the Osprey?

Bit confusing..
00:51 April 8, 2012 by Navigator_B
Still some confusion in the corrected article which says that white tailed eagles are "also known as fish-eagles". According to my dictionary:

White tailed eagle = Seeadler (also called sea eagle in English)

Osprey = Fischadler (also called fish eagle in English)
17:28 April 8, 2012 by Redwing
If it does not look like an osprey, it is not an osprey. This bird is a White-tailed Eagle, aka Sea Eagle.
Today's headlines
Have Your Say
Should Germany legalize cannabis?
Photo: DPA

Should Germany legalize cannabis?

A New York Times editorial on Sunday called for the US to drop its ban on marijuana, calling the strongly-worded law a "laughing stock". Should Germany follow the US states of Colorado and Washington and legalize recreational use of the drug? READ  

Cows kill German dog walker in Austria
File Photo: DPA

Cows kill German dog walker in Austria

A 45-year-old German woman died when she was attacked by a herd of 20 cows and calves on Monday afternoon on an Alpine pasture in Tyrol's Stubaital valley. READ  

Knut goes on display in Berlin museum
Knut's new home in Berlin's Natural History Museum. Photo: DPA

Knut goes on display in Berlin museum

Germany’s favourite polar bear Knut is set to pull in the crowds again - but this time from a display case. More than three years after his death, his real fur has been used to create a new Knut for a museum exhibition. READ  

And the winner of the EU single market is...
German incomes are higher thanks to the EU. Photo: DPA

And the winner of the EU single market is...

Germany and Denmark came out as the winners of the European Union's single market in a study released on Monday. Integrating economically with its neighbours has helped the German economy grow an average of €37 billion a year since 1992. READ  

Synagogue attacked, rabbi gets death threats
Police check the outside of a synagogue in Wuppertal for evidence of arson on Tuesday. Photo: DPA

Synagogue attacked, rabbi gets death threats

A wave of anti-Semitism in Germany, unleashed by the Gaza crisis, shows no sign of abating. A synagogue was attacked on Tuesday morning, a rabbi received death threats and anti-Jewish comments online have increased. Attacks on mosques have also risen. READ  

UBS pays Germany €300m in tax fight
Photo: DPA

UBS pays Germany €300m in tax fight

Top Swiss bank UBS settled a long-running legal dispute with Germany on Tuesday by agreeing to pay a fine of €300 million. Germany suspects UBS of having helped account holders hide millions from the taxman. READ  

Two die as heavy rain and floods hits west
Münster was one of the areas worst hit by Monday night's heavy rain. Photo: DPA

Two die as heavy rain and floods hits west

UPDATE: A man drowned in his cellar on Monday night as heavy rain battered parts of north-western Germany. A second man died when he tried to drive through a flooded street. The emergency services were in places overwhelmed by hundreds of calls. There are further weather warnings in place for Tuesday. READ  

EU to hit Russia with tough sanctions
Merkel has finally lost patience with Putin. Photo: DPA

EU to hit Russia with tough sanctions

The EU is set to agree a raft of new wide-ranging sanctions against Russia on Tuesday, after Germany changed its stance on upping the economic pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin over the Ukraine crisis. READ  

'Mad professor' to swim length of Rhine
Professor Andreas Fath, 49, in training along the Rhine in Baden-Württemberg in June. Photo: DPA

'Mad professor' to swim length of Rhine

German chemistry professor Andreas Fath started on Monday a gruelling four-week solo swim down the Rhine river for the benefit of science and the environment. READ  

Unfair advantage for one-legged long jumper?
Markus Rehm became German champion on Saturday. Photo: DPA

Unfair advantage for one-legged long jumper?

Paralympics gold medallist Markus Rehm triumphed over his non-disabled rivals on Saturday, winning the German long jump championship. But athletics officials are now reviewing whether his prosthetic leg gave him an unfair advantage. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Photo: DPA
Education
Germany's students fail to graduate in time
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Hamburg harbour lit up in blue
Business & Money
JobTalk: 'Application process is failing'
Photo: Bundesarchiv/Bild 183-S45825
Culture
Germany puts 700,000 WWI docs online
Photo: DPA
Society
This man wants to give all of us €12,000 a year
Photo: DPA
Education
Top university switches master's courses to English
instagram.com/gotzemario
Gallery
Germany's World Cup stars share their holiday photos
Travel
Plans unveiled for bike trail along former Iron Curtain
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The Local List: 12 best words in German
Photo: DPA
Gallery
German Bucket List: How many of these can you tick off?
Photo: Europeana.de 1914 - 1918
Gallery
A German soldier's life behind WWI lines
Education
Raising the bar for law & business in Germany
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
Photo: DPA
Features
The Local List Archive - Your guide to all things German
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Sponsored Article
Bilingual school turning education on its head
Sponsored Article
CurrencyFair: Why it pays when making overseas transfers
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,226
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd