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By John A. Love

This is a much-needed replace on a pioneering and celebrated reintroduction venture, in addition to crucial history and an aim precis of its justification and importance in worldwide conservation phrases. it's very a lot a private account, instead of a systematic technique, deriving a lot from the author’s personal reports and researches, and liberally illustrated commonly by way of the author’s pictures and drawings.

This intimate account, usually 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 a long time have got such around the world attractiveness and acclaim. The publication features a category of the eagles and their folklore and knowledge approximately their background, distribution and biology.

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Water birds, especially diving birds and/or seabirds, are also common prey of all Haliæetus, with small mammals, reptiles and amphibians regularly caught live. Carrion also features in the diet of several species, though, and Pallas’s have even been Female Sea Eagle incubating, Burg Gutenburg, Germany observed feeding on human corpses. White-tailed Sea Eagles have also been described doing the same, on Anglo-Saxon battlefields. Sanford’s Sea Eagle is often said to have the feeding habits of a forest eagle yet it still relies heavily on fish.

Because training hawks and falcons was so time-consuming, it is likely that falconry was always more of a sport than a serious means of procuring food. Anglo-Saxon kings kept falcons, but it was not until the return of the Crusaders from the Middle East that falconry became popular. Marco Polo found that the Kirghiz tribesmen of the Tien Shan Mountains in central Asia kept ‘a great number of eagles, all trained to catch wolves, foxes, deer and wild goats’. It is difficult to believe but in 1923, one prize Golden Eagle was said to have captured fourteen wolves in a single day!

In flight the rufous-brown coverts on the leading edge of each wing contrast with the dark blackish-brown primaries and secondaries. Having seen several juvenile bald eagles, both in captivity and in the wild, and being totally familiar with juvenile White-tailed Sea Eagles, I confess to finding it difficult to tell them apart. The Atlantic Ocean was always the most convenient distinguishing clue! At least it was until 18 November 1987 when a wet, bedraggled and painfully thin young eagle was found trying to feed at a pig trough in County Kerry.

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