It’s not just in Britain that white-tailed eagles have staged a spectacular recovery. Across much of Europe they have come back from the brink thanks to protection from persecution and the phasing out of harmful chemicals such as DDT. And though some of the Baltic states have large and growing populations, Norway – with at least 3,600 pairs, perhaps 100 times what we now have in the UK – is without doubt the continent’s and indeed the world’s white-tailed capital.
Within Norway, Bodø is a good place to start your eagle quest, or if you want to be a little more adventurous, the Lofoten Islands.
Clockwise from left: white-tailed eagles are known as ‘flying barn doors’ due to their large wingspan; the Azores is a popular destination for sperm whale watching; brown bears can be seen from hides. PREY ITEMS Fish, seabirds, shorebirds and some...