White-tailed ea­gles

Nord­land, Nor­way

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - 4 -

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...

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