Eagle research soars via GPS trackers

World of Birds

 A wedge-tailed eagle is being tracked by a solar GPS satellite transmitter. Credit: Simon Cherriman A wedge-tailed eagle is being tracked by a solar GPS satellite transmitter. Credit: Simon Cherriman

A world first study tracking wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax) via GPS satellite transmitters has led one researcher into uncharted territory after a female appeared to have her partner stolen by a new bird, challenging a long-held belief that this species mates for life.

Perth Hills-based ornithologist Simon Cherriman used the solar GPS technology—Platform Terminal Transmitters (PTTs)—to track the birds to map out new inroads into raptor research.

Each PTT was programmed to record a GPS fix at almost every hour of daylight and was fitted to two adult and two juvenile eagles at the Lorna Glen proposed conservation reserve in the Murchison.

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