Great news – Buteo’s transmitter burst back into life after several days of bright sun

Raptortrack is into its fourth year of satellite tracking specific raptors in the Cairngorms National Park. Golden eagles and single buzzard are presently being followed.

See here for active birds to 14thMarch: Agnes , Mackay , Calluna and Buteo

 The satellite tracking year has ended badly with the illegal killing  in Angus, by poison, of the two and half-year-old  golden eagle  Fearnan.  This eaglet was  tagged near Loch Tay  but has spent much of its life  within the Cairngorms National Park. This is another shocking wildlife crime very similar to that of Alma  in 2009  and hopefully this time the police  will be able to bring the culprit to justice. See the Highland Foundation for Wildlife website  for further information.

In December the transmitters get very little sunlight to charge the battery so data is sometimes scant and intermittent.  But  now as we head towards February the days are noticeably getting longer. 

This website, set up in autumn 2010, tries to tell the life stories of individual raptors living in the Cairngorms National Park and to put this in the context of their conservation. Here you will find details of raptors which have been satellite tracked in the Cairngorms National Park and the aim is to provide regular information from the satellite tracking on their movements and behaviour .

This is a partnership project between the Highland Foundation for Wildlife, the Cairngorms National Park Authority, Scottish Natural Heritage,  Natural Research, RSPB and private estates within the National Park . Additional funding in 2010 from Cairngorms Local Biodiversity Action Plan and Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime in Scotland.

The information is presented on the webpage for each species and then each tracked bird is listed under a name. The information on the regular blog for each bird is in reverse date order, after the first introductory post, so that regular visitors can go straight to the latest data. The maps can be enlarged by clicking on the map.  The individual birds in the column on the left were tagged by the Highland Foundation for Wildlife, while golden eagles tagged by Natural Research are updated on the link to their website.

New Year Greetings for 2014 to all friends and followers of the website.  Also to all those land owners, keepers, foresters, farmers and crofters who conserve and cherish our wild nature. It’s too easy to forget them when really bad wildlife crimes are committed by some keepers.

SPONSORSHIP  We would really appreciate funding for the tracking costs (approx £700 per annum) of the golden eagles – Cullen & Calluna.  Please email if you would like to help.  Innes and Mackay were sponsored by Innes & Mackay, solicitors Inverness while Agnes is funded by Glenfeshie Estate.

Adult golden eagle – photograph by Laurie Campbell

We satellite tagged more golden eagles, three peregrines and a hen harrier in the National Park in 2011 and three golden eagles, buzzard and hobby in 2012, with three peregrines just on the boundary in 2012, but still have not managed to tag  short-eared owl.

Short-eared owl – photograph by Laurie Campbell