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This Map Shows All Of The Places Eagles Visited In One Year, And People Are Guessing Why They Stayed Clear Of The Sea (Updated)
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Man Finds An Eagle With A GPS Tracker And Shows 20 Years Worth Of Travel It Did

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Eagles are majestic creatures – not only because of their looks (because that’d be just shallow), but they’re also admired for their intelligence and incredible predatory skills. It’s no surprise that they are symbols of entire nations and countries, appear on national emblems, coins, and works of art. If you’ve ever wondered about this grand animal’s journeys, scroll down below to read an amazing story about how one man’s unexpected finding sparked curiosity for many people.

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    A young man named Fahd Qash from Jizan region, Saudi Arabia found something unexpected in the swamp on his walk

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    What he found was a dead Steppe eagle with a GPS tracker device around its neck. Upon closer inspection, the man saw that the device had the owner’s email on it.

    As it later turned out, the GPS has been fitted in Kazakhstan

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    The tracking device has saved all of the bird’s migration maps. Turns out, scientists were doing an experiment where they attached GPS on supposedly 20 eagles and marked every single place they visited on their long trips. The birds of prey have crossed many countries, but, interestingly enough, stayed clear of the sea.

    The map below shows all the traveling that these eagles did in one year

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    These eagles have crossed many countries in the Middle East and, it is not sure why they avoided the Caspian as well as the Red Sea.

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    Researchers team called “British Birds” have tracked 16 Steppe eagles before and found out that the longest daily bird flight distance among all tracked eagles was approximately 355km. They have also recorded that through a complete annual cycle, an eagle spends around 31.5% in the wintering area, 41.9% in the breeding area and the rest 26.6% on migration. These statistics, as well as the map, once again proves that eagles are a constantly moving and migrating creature who travels more in their lifetimes than you could ever imagine.

    This map did receive a lot of attention online with people trying to guess why did these eagles migrate the way they did

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    The article has been updated after receiving additional information about the research proving that this, in fact, is not a journey of one eagle in 20 years but the research that tracked numerous bird migrations in one year.

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    Neringa is a proud writer at Bored Panda who used to study English and French linguistics. Although she has many different interests, she's particularly drawn to covering stories about pop culture as well as history. While not at the office, this Panda enjoys creepy movies, poetry, photography and learning how to play the piano.

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    namjoonie_ k
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    5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    The information in this post is kinda wrong, actually. The map shows the routs of 22 different eagles, not one. And they had their gps-trackers attached to them in 2018, not 20 years ago. 20 years ago even computers were a rare thing in Russia, not speaking about such tracking technologies :D How do you imagine such a thing working for 20 years straight?? Besides that, those eagles are originally from Kazahstan, not Russia and those tracker marks simply show the migration of the birds for the winter time.

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    5 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Thank you for providing us with the additional information, we have now updated the article.

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    5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Phenomenal, simply outstanding and impressive. I hope the GPS wasn't tied in to it too tightly.

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    Heidi W
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    5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    He definitely had his favorite routes, didn't he? But I wonder what land feature is there along the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He only went there twice. Very cool item for someone to find.

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    5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Well, he has not entered Pakistan, its the border of Afghanistan and Iran.

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    namjoonie_ k
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    5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    The information in this post is kinda wrong, actually. The map shows the routs of 22 different eagles, not one. And they had their gps-trackers attached to them in 2018, not 20 years ago. 20 years ago even computers were a rare thing in Russia, not speaking about such tracking technologies :D How do you imagine such a thing working for 20 years straight?? Besides that, those eagles are originally from Kazahstan, not Russia and those tracker marks simply show the migration of the birds for the winter time.

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    Rugile
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    5 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Thank you for providing us with the additional information, we have now updated the article.

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    spirit wolf
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    5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Phenomenal, simply outstanding and impressive. I hope the GPS wasn't tied in to it too tightly.

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    Heidi W
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    5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    He definitely had his favorite routes, didn't he? But I wonder what land feature is there along the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He only went there twice. Very cool item for someone to find.

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    Hanif Hefaz
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    5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Well, he has not entered Pakistan, its the border of Afghanistan and Iran.

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