Recently a man named Fahd Qash from Saudi Arabia was on his leisurely walk , he noticed something odd in his path. When he moved closer he got to know that it was actually a dead eagle. But that wasn’t the only thing strange about that bird. Upon closer inspection, he found an odd thing strapped to the bird. When he looked closer, he figured out that it was actually a GPS tracker.
The tracker had a sticker on it, written, ‘if found, please contact [email protected]‘. When contacted the owner of the tracker, he was told that its the part of research to study the flight patterns of these eagles.
When the data from the tracker was checked, the approximate one-year data showed that the bird traveled all the way from Kazakhstan to places like Yemen, Sudan, Azerbaijan and finally died in Saudi Arabia. What’s even more astonishing , bird made sure to be above the land and didn’t flow across Red sea, Caspian Sea or even over the Persian Gulf.
The researchers found that through a complete annual cycle, an eagle spends around 31.5 percent in the wintering area, 41.9 percent in the breeding area and the remaining 26.6 percent on migration.
The data showed that an average time an eagle stays in flight. According to the figures : longest daily flight distance the eagle covered was around 355 km.