Thursday, 19 July 2012

White Tailed Eagles (Sea Eagles)

We had three very close encounters with these enormous raptors (8 foot wing span!!) A lone adult cruising around high above Loch Na Keal (we were high on the road so got great views) Also by Loch Na Keal we were suddenly aware that right above us a young White Tail was being mobbed by a very brave gull (we later found out that this eagle is probably about 2 years old) Then to our absolute delight and possibly highlight of the holiday was driving back between Bunessan and Fionnophort stopping on road side to look at two adults casually soaring directly above us. We could make out the yellow wing tag on one of them and hear them gently croaking at one another. On the final full day we spent some time peering through the in coming drizzle and mist at two young in the nest (which we could see from the road side) One was clearly flapping its enormous wings and building up strength whilst its sibbling was laying a bit further back in the huge nest. Pictures too shocking to post as it was terrible light and in awful conditions, in reality a bit too far out for lens too. We still couldn't help but fire off a couple of grainy snaps for the memory though ;-)

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