Man Finds An Eagle With A GPS Tracker And Shows 20 Years Worth Of Travel It Did

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 eagle with a tracking 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 Russia, some twenty years ago

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Over the course of two decades, the tracking device has saved all the locations the eagle has been to. The bird has crossed many countries over his lifetime, but, interestingly enough, it stayed clear of the sea. It is not known why he avoided it all his life, but nevertheless, his journey seems remarkable as it is.

The map below shows all the travelling that the majestic bird has done over the twenty years of his life

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The eagle has crossed many countries in the Middle East and, it is not sure why, has avoided the Caspian as well as Red sea.

Researchers team called “British Birds” have tracked 16 Steppe eagles before and found out that the longest daily 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 prove 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 the eagle migrate the way it did

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