Young ea­gle flies the nest

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

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.

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