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Title

How far away in an hour? Daily movements of juvenile golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) tracked with satellite telemetry

AuthorsSoutullo, Álvaro; Urios, Vicente; Ferrer, Miguel
Issue Date2006
PublisherBlackwell Publishing
CitationJOURNAL OF ORNITHOLOGY 147: 69- 72 (2006)
AbstractWe tracked the daily movements of three juvenile golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) using satellite telemetry. Straight distances covered in an hour and throughout a day were calculated. Daily movements of golden eagles are mostly characterized by short-distance excursions, with 64% of the distances covered in an hour shorter than 1 km and 95% shorter than 9 km. Both the longest movements and the largest proportion of long-distance movements, were concentrated between 1100 and 1800 hours, the peak of daily activities. Average hourly distances during that peak oscillated between 2 and 6 km, with records of more than 20 km. Distances covered in a day ranged between 0.1 and 53.2 km with an average of 14.0 km (SD=13.4). Differences in the distances covered at different times of the day probably reflect a balance between the temporal pattern of preferred prey's activity and the eagles' progressive satiation along the day on one hand, and the higher likelihood of thermal and updraughts (which facilitate long-distance movements) occurring at noon and the early afternoon, on the other. © Dt. Ornithologen-Gesellschaft e.V. 2005.
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/66719
DOI10.1007/s10336-005-0020-x
Identifiersdoi: 10.1007/s10336-005-0020-x
issn: 0021-8375
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