16-01-13 Sea Eagle Sightings
One of Europe's largest birds of prey has been sighted near to Kinlochbervie.

A White Tailed Sea Eagle was spotted yesterday in the vicinity of Loch Laxford and Laxford Bridge. Another sighting was made at the end of December at another location although this is thought to be a different bird.

An adult White Tailed Sea Eagle can have a wingspan of up to eight feet, almost two and a half metres, and is markedly larger than it's close relative the Golden Eagle which also frequents Northwest Sutherland.

White Tailed Sea Eagles were extinct in Britain until successfully re-introduced in 1975 following two earlier failed attempts.

They are the subject of controversy with some farmers and crofters claiming that they predate lambs, and game estates claiming they take pheasants and grouse.

Their supporters claim instead that they are merely scavenging from already dead carcasses; eagles tend to be scavengers by nature although they will hunt other birds, fish, and medium-sized mammals.

Whatever the facts of the matter, they are an undeniably inspiring sight to see.
[White Tailed Sea Eagle, Laxford, near Kinlochbervie]

[White Tailed Sea Eagle, Laxford, near Kinlochbervie]


[White Tailed Sea Eagle, Laxford, near Kinlochbervie]


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