Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)
Once again the Cretan mountains hold important habitats for the breeding and maintenance of the Golden Eagle. They are under intense pressure from humans: the one thing keeping the species in relatively good shape is the relative abundance of their prey (mainly partridges). The supply of immature youngsters makes up for adult losses.
Typical for Crete is the broader region of Psiloritis: this massif supports four regions they inhabit: the NE, E, SE and W flanks. Breeding pairs hold the E and SE regions, whilst in the other two immature birds or solitary adults are to be seen.