On 2 January, with bright sunshine and unseasonably clear blue skies, a Bonelli’s eagle kicked off the year flying over the Alt Camp area between Tarragona and Barcelona. What might have seemed like a routine flight was actually a very special one. That morning the flight was not taken alone. A group of experts ‘took to the skies’ with her with the help of a GPS device.
There is a particular reason though for fitting this geolocation device to follow this eagle’s every movement. Red Eléctrica de España has launched a 12-month project to monitor all the movements, foraging behaviour and habitual flight routes & routines of the Bonelli’s eagle in this specific area of the Catalan region. Studying the behaviour of this type of bird will help in defining the route to be taken by a new electricity line in this area, guaranteeing that the routines of this species are not altered in any way.
“Our priority is to make the development of the transmission grid facilities compatible with the protection of biodiversity, minimising any potential impacts it may have”, stated Mr. Antonio Calvo, Manager of Institutional Relations and Sustainability Area.