Our team is building the habituation cage for Hideung, The changeable Hawk Eagle (Nisaetus cirrhatus). This is Cikananga Raptor Release Program and we are ready to release Hideung.
Hideung was confiscated from an illegal internet trader and arrived at Cikananga on 13 august 2012. LASA made a claim case against this trader and therefore Hideung had to stay in Cikananga until the jurisdiction. On arrival Hideung was estimated to be around 5 months old and was stressed when people were around. Therefore the rehabilitation process was started in September 2013 as soon the news arrived that this eagle could leave Cikananga.
During behavioral observations we focus on a number of indicators to identify if the individual is ready to be released, these indicators are focused on feeding success, foraging behavior and response to humans.
In total we were able to do behavioral observations Hideung for 3 hours, during these hours half of the time he was roosting (resting) and other half he spend on being alert on his surroundings or foraging. In comparison eagles that did not went through rehabilitation spend around 75% of the time roosting (resting).