Sunday, May 8, 2011

White-tailed Eagle (Austria - Serbia Joint issue 2007)

Austria and Serbia have linked by the Danube River. The huge riverside forests along the Danube are home to the white-tailed eagle. Therefore Austria-Serbia have joint to issue a stamp features a Fauna Danube , White-tailed Eagle on September 7, 2007. The stamp depicts white-tailed eagle is flying  above the Danube river.

Larger populations of white-tailed eagles can be found in the nature reserves in the Vojvodina in Serbia and in Austria too, along the Danube.The habitat of the white-tailed eagle is primarily on cliffs, bays, large inland lakes and rivers. The European white-tailed eagle can be found from southern Greenland to northern Europe and as far as eastern Siberia. There are eight different varieties of white-tailed eagle in the world, the most famous being without doubt the north American bald eagle.



  White-tailed eagle
(Haliaeetus albicilla)
The white-tailed eagle has a wingspan of up to two and a half metres, with a powerful prominent beak and an almost white, wedge-shaped tail. Its truly imposing appearance is indeed confirmation of the choice of this bird for the Austrian coat of arms.

The white-tailed eagle is a gregarious creature, gathering at points rich in prey and on the trees where they sleep.It is a versatile hunter, preferring fish particular during the breeding period, but also attacks other birds and, in its winter quarters, does not spurn carrion.

They are often faithful to a single partner throughout their lives, and remain for many years in the same eyrie, which are amongst the largest in the animal kingdom. Their mating display in late autumn and winter is particularly impressive.White-tailed eagles can live for up to 30 years or even longer
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