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By John A. Love

This is a much-needed replace on a pioneering and celebrated reintroduction undertaking, in addition to crucial history and an target precis of its justification and value in international conservation phrases. it's very a lot a private account, instead of a systematic process, deriving a lot from the author’s personal reports and researches, and liberally illustrated in general via the author’s images and drawings.

This intimate account, frequently first-hand, tells all that has occurred because the reintroduction of the white-tailed sea eagle first all started and precisely how its successes over the following 3 and a part many years have got such around the globe acceptance and acclaim. The booklet incorporates a class of the eagles and their folklore and knowledge approximately their heritage, distribution and biology.

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34 Sea Eagle fiction His friend and biographer, Alfred Newton (1860), went on to describe how: …a mass of rocks, perhaps in by-gone years tenanted by the other native species, was wired over, and the plan of the cage thus formed, having been brought to the knowledge of the late Secretary of the Zoological Society, suggested the first idea of the fine Eagle Aviary which now adorns the Gardens in the Regent’s Park. He later recounted that in this roomy cage, the birds lived contentedly for some five or six years: …until one day it was found that the female had killed and eaten half her mate [presumably its sibling if they had come from the same nest].

Curiously, the Faroese claimed that yellow eagle claws were a cure for jaundice (Bijleveld 1974) while some Malagasy tribes held that Madagascar Fish Eagle claws enhanced the potency of their magic concoctions. Ruth Tingay told me how some eagles are found missing claws. One of her study birds, to which she referred as Cut Off, lived for several years with only one leg, 36 Sea Eagle fiction Fishing boat Havørna in Bodø harbour, with Harald Misund (right) and even bred quite successfully. Ruth admits she does not know how the bird came to lose its foot: perhaps the local fishermen had cut it off to retrieve an aluminium leg ring, mistakenly believing it was made of silver.

Sea Eagle facts It is not unknown for Sea Eagles to use the nest of other species such as Black Kite, Buzzard or Raven, while pairs have been seen to evict Ospreys and Red Kites. In Scotland, golden eagles took over many Sea Eagle nest sites but probably only after the latter had become extinct. On the other hand, and as we’ll see later, there is now evidence of the reintroduced Sea Eagles moving back in, and perhaps even evicting their more aggressive cousin. There are American reports of Great Horned Owls nesting within an occupied Bald Eagle nest, while one pair of owls even succeeded in evicting the eagles altogether.

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