African Fish Eagles Study
Shiv Kapila— 28 May 2009 — in East Africa Project Share
The first week here has been thrilling-on the 21st and 22nd, Munir and a couple of assistants (Rahul Shah and Teeku Patel) helped me catch two eagles, which were then ringed and weighed (vital in assessing how much effort they put into hunting-a clear indication of the quality of their respective habitats), as well as being fitted with radio transmitters to aid in locating the birds. The caught birds were also sampled for blood for toxicology studies. All in all, a very stress free process for the eagles, especially after covered with a falconer’s hood–one even seemed to go to sleep!
Since then, the going has been slow; finding a boat for a reasonable price is a tough ask in Kenya and this can be a great drain on funds, not to mention the significant cost of accommodation which has to be taken into account. The latter problem was thankfully taken care of by the Elsamere Field Study Centre, who have very kindly put me up at a reasonable rate. The boat has been provided very kindly by Oserian, a large flower farm, and potentially a major culprit concerning water abstraction from the lake-the irony of the situation is not lost on me...
During the next week, I’ll be doing a detailed habitat classification of the lake to show areas of high human activity and other areas of optimal fish eagle habitat. I’ll keep you posted.
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