Live sea eagle webcam
Well, actually I do. Usually. But to wake up to the mizzle (mist and drizzle?) again was a bit of a let down. Especially when the rest of the UK seems to be basking in wonderful warm sunshine. However, undaunted, two true-grit groups assembled at 10am and 1pm and were not put off by suggestions that we might see absolutely nothing at the hide. They would take their chances. True the mist was down and covered the nest wood. True it was raining so hard you got soaked walking from car to hide. True the midges were loving it. True the morning group saw nothing more than a dark 'atmospheric' eagle silhouette in a tree. The afternoon group were a determined bunch. True Brits. It's as if they were willing the rain to stop. And then a miracle happened. It stopped. The clouds parted. A hint of blue appeared in the western sky. Frisa flew from the nest where she'd been doing her best to protect her rapidly growing chicks from the wet. She perched next to Skye and they called to each other. A small cheer went up from the brave crowd at the forward hide. Skye heard what Frisa was screaming: "I know it's wet. I know you're fed up but GO GET SOME FOOD!" Out he flew from the wood, across the loch and off to hunt. Everyone got fabulous views and they left happy and contented, if a little damp and slightly bitten. A small price to pay.
Last night as I took a last look at the live streaming sea eagle webcam in Estonia, I learned something new about sea eagles after nearly 30 years of watching them. Of course we never really get to see them at roost, at night, 'asleep'. The webcam is 2 hours ahead of British Summer Time so at 2230 Estonian time, there was one of the adults - probably the female - on the nest with the two chicks. Amazingly she had her head tucked under her wing - just like a sleeping swan. I've never seen them do that before. There's always something new to learn about these birds. As I write I can close my eyes and picture Frisa on the nest tonight. She has her two chicks tucked cosily underneath and she rests her proud head under her wing. Let's hope the sun shines on them all (and dries them out) tomorrow.
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Has Britain Got Talent? Mull's sea eagles get some primetime TV exposure this week. Don't miss 'Animal 24:7' BBC One 7.30pm Wednesday 27 May (except Wales).
Dave Sexton RSPB Scotland Mull Officer
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Hi Dave, Saw you on the TV tonight...Wonderful footage of you and the Eagles...You are a natural and should be a regular on Springwatch...Am really missing the Scottish footage from Springwatch this year....Not nearly so exciting as normal..
Thanks, Dave and Debby, for the updates - good to know all's well with the eagle family. Only five weeks now till come to Mull- can't wait. I'm praying for good weather and some sightings of them, and hopefully the odd 'goldie' too! When are the chicks due to fledge, please?
Reply: the Frisa chicks tend to fledge when they're about 12 weeks old; usually mid to end July. Last year though it was early August. Dave
Hi Dave thanks for another update.Ann watched your interview while i was reading and at the finish said really well done.Thanks for program information would have missed it as just looked in our book and doesn't say anything about it.Ann saw about Puffins on Mull when watching your interview whereabouts on Mull would that be.Nice that you are still picking up new things about Sea Eagles as we all gain from your knowledge and i think it benefits them in the future as well.Hope the weather gets better for you.We went to Shapwick Heath last Friday near Ham Wall RSPB in Somerset mainly to see the Hobbies as sometimes there are up to about 70 there really good we saw perhaps between 6 and 9 at various times.Best wishes.
Reply: Thanks. Puffins are only on the Treshnish Isles and Staffa. Various boat operators out of Ulva Ferry and Iona/Fionnphort but other trips out of Tobermory also see them on the sea. 'Animal 24:7' is scheduled to be on BBC One on Wednesday 7.30pm but apparently not in Wales.