A 2011 released white-tailed eagle from east Scotland has recently made an appearance on the Isle of Skye!
Red L stayed in Fife for seven months after her release before making her way to highland Perthshire where her radio signal was detected near loch Tummel. Three months later, she was photographed on the Ardnamurchan peninsula. In June 2012 she arrived in Skye for the first time. Since then she has been to Mull where she was spending time with some other immature white-tailed eagles.
There has been limited contact with Red L for the past year until recently when boat operators in Portree on Skye were reporting seeing a wing tagged eagle....
So I went to investigate, and here’s what I found:
This is one of the few images captured of an east coast white-tailed eagle swooping for a fish!
For an opportunity to get a closer look at her, it’s worth visiting Skye and taking a boat trip from Portree.
While you’re there, why not visit the Aros centre to learn more about white-tailed eagles on Skye?
Explore the coastal path from Dundee to Broughty Ferry for stunning views of the Firth of Tay. Whilst walking or cycling along this section you will come across our sculpture installed this spring. This was an exciting art collaboration with Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and Dundee City Council. It was made possible by additional funding from Heritage Lottery Fund. Keep an eye on our events page for October plans.
In the meantime, it's well worth a visit to find out what its all about. But don't forget to take your binoculars as you never know what you might see...
Meet David, Rachel and Daniel our recent SRUC student placements and hear what they had to say about their two weeks volunteering with us this summer...
There’s work placements, and then there’s work placements with the RSPB on the East Scotland Sea Eagles project! Hands down, my favourite moment was when this year’s chick fledged. Witnessing the ‘little’ guy stretching his wings outside the nest for the very first time was an absolute treat. I hope that other members of the public will also get to see him in action for a good while yet.
During those two very quick weeks I got the opportunity to monitor white-tailed eagle nests (a massive privilege if I may say so!), track them in the wild (it is as cool as it sounds) and help create and deliver public engagement activities. I’ll take the fledging of this year’s chick in my final week as a vote of approval from the eagles for me to come back and do some more!
My first experience of seeing a white-tailed sea eagle was breath-taking. I felt so privileged to be allowed to witness these extraordinary animals in the wild. They really are a truly magnificent bird to see!
On placement we learned more about how the sea eagles were re-introduced along with trying our hand at radio tracking the eagles and helping at a family fun day, which where both brilliant fun. We even got to help build a life sized sea eagle nest! I had such a good experience, which has helped, a great deal in my figuring out what sort of career I would like to do once my college course has been completed! It also increased my communication skills and confidence. After my lovely week with the RSPB, I decided I wanted to become a member, which means that I can continue to help out a little each month!
I was delighted to find out that I had secured a 10-day work placement not just with the RSPB but with the East Scotland Sea Eagle project that put these extraordinary birds back in our skies. Its a joint project by three of the biggest names in conservation: rspb, Scottish Natural Heritage and Forestry Commission Scotland.
I experienced all parts of the project from public engagement (letting all of you know that white-tailed eagles are back on the east coast and successfully breeding) to fieldwork. This included radio-tracking and observing the activity these spectacular birds which included watching the mother Turquoise 1 feeding her young White A and setting up camera traps to capture these birds on film and the all-important if not tedious data entry.
Another great thing about my work placement is that I had the whole of the RSPB’s Loch Leven nature reserve to myself at night.
The rspb have lots of great volunteering opportunities, see here if you want to find out more. The East Scotland Sea Eagle team would like to thank our lovely placements for all their help - we think you're top bananas too.