Worldwide electrocution is a huge problem for large birds, including many eagles and vultures. Many of the species affected by electrocution (like the Egyptian vulture) are also endangered, and electrocution contributes to their poor conservation status. Click here to access a paper on electrocution of Egyptian vultures in East Africa by Ivaylo Angelov and others. If you Google the words "bird electrocution power lines" you will be able to see loads of images of many species that have been electrocuted, mostly large species and many predatory birds
|Juvenile Egyptian vulture perched on a dangerous power line in Oman. (Photo: A. Kovac)|
1) Oman is a developing country and is only now installing much of its power transmission network, a process that will grow as the human population grows and human activities are started up in new areas. This means that using pylon designs that reduce electrocution during this development phase could help avoid future electrocution at almost no additional cost. Much has been done in North America http://www.aplic.org/, Europe and Africa to design such safe pylons.
|Juvenile golden eagle electrocuted on a power line in North America (Photo: USFWS)|
|Wintering Steppe Eagles on a dangerous pylon near a rubbish dump in Oman (Photo: A. Kovac)|
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