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A new webcam trained on a family of Spanish Imperial Eagles Aquila adalberti will aid the Alzando el vuelo (Taking off) conservation programme. The camera will raise the project's profile by affording web-surfers unique views of the mighty raptors. The nest is located in the Cabañeros National Park (Spain), in the centre of the Iberian Peninsula, and is home to a pair of Spanish Imperial Eagles and their young chick. By entering the website people will be able to watch the birds 24 hours a day. Precautions were undertaken to ensure the pair were not disturbed during the cameras installation, and it is expected that the offspring will fledge around mid June.

The eagle is a flagship species for Spanish birds. SEO/BirdLife (BirdLife in Spain) has been working to conserve the species for many years, whose main threats include poisoning and power-lines. The global population is located exclusively in Andalucia, Castilla-La-Mancha, Castilla y Leon, Extremadura and Madrid in Spain, and has now started to re-colonise Portugal.The Alzando el vuelo programme is successfully engaging private landowners in the eagle's conservation. Currently, there are 16 states and around 11,000 hectares subscribed to the project.

Alzando el vuelo has been developed by SEO/BirdLife and the Biodiversity Foundation (Spanish Ministry of Environment, Marine and Rural Life) together with the Railway Infrastructure Administrator (ADIF) as the main sponsor, and the support of Caja Madrid Social Work. The National Parks Autonomous Organization - especially the Cabañeros National Park and the Castilla-La Mancha Communes Council - have contributed specifically to the Alzando el vuelo initiative.

Visit the webcam: http://aguilaimperial.org/

4th July 2014