Young eagle flies the nest
MULL Eagle Watch (MEW) partnership is celebrating the successful fledging of this year’s youngster from the nest.
Proud parents, Iona and Fingal, have spent 12 weeks raising the young white-tailed eagle before it took its first flight off the huge nest.
MEW rangers, Rachel French and John Clare, both watched the first flight of the young eagle which is thought to be a female.
Rachel said: ‘ The youngster did extremely well, bearing in mind that this can be a scary time for a young bird.
‘However, a little time after the first flight, we saw her return to the safety of the nest.
’Since then, there have been many more flights, some getting much longer. We’ve also seen a spectacular crash landing but, the youngster dusted herself off and was fine. It’s all part of the learning process.
’Both the adults and the youngster will remain in the territory and will now spend time near the hunting area as the chick learns how to survive. Now is a good time to book visits to see the eagles although visitors should be prepared to walk one or two miles to view them,’ Rachel added.
Mull Eagle Watch is a partnership between Forest Enterprise Scotland, RSPB Scotland, Mull and Iona Community Trust, Police Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.
To book a guided tour, call Craignure Visitor Information Centre on 01680 812556 or check the Mull Eagle Watch webpage for more information.
Mull sea eagle in flight.