Fife sea eagle chick takes flight

Kirsty Nutt

Wednesday 10 August 2016

A white-tailed sea eagle chick that hatched in a Forest Enterprise Scotland wood in Fife has fledged the nest it was announced today.

The chick was fitted with white wing tags with the letter 'L' and a satellite transmitter so that staff at Forest Enterprise Scotland and RSPB Scotland can monitor its dispersal. It is the latest fledgling from the East Scotland Sea Eagle project, which successfully reintroduced white-tailed sea eagles to Fife between 2007 and 2012.

Earlier in the season it was announced that this nest contained twins, however one of the siblings died of natural causes in June. This is the fourth successful nesting attempt for this pair, who has fledged a single chick each year since their first attempt in 2013. The adults were both released in 2009 as part of the reintroduction project in Fife which is a partnership between RSPB Scotland, Forest Enterprise Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.

Owen Selly is RSPB Scotland's Sea Eagle Officer. He said: "As in previous years, the nest site has been closely monitored by our dedicated RSPB Scotland nestwatch volunteers who help to protect the birds from disturbance and study their behaviour. It's fantastic to have another healthy chick fledge from the Fife pair, which was one of only two pairs to breed successfully across the East of Scotland this year."

Graeme Findlay, Forest Enterprise Scotland's Environment Manager added: "We are delighted that our star pair of white tailed eagles have successfully fledged a chick again this year in Fife. Having been heavily involved in the release of the birds, and being lucky enough to have them choose one of our forests for the first successful nest in the east of the country, everyone within the local team is delighted at the part the National Forest Estate has played in helping to reintroduce this magnificent species back to the east of Scotland."

To celebrate having these amazing birds in Fife, RSPB Scotland, Tayport Community Trust and friends would like to invite people to the Tayport Sea Eagle Festival on Sunday 28 August. This event will take place at the Common, on Tayport promenade from 1 - 4 pm. Families can enjoy a range of stalls and activities including wildlife watching, storytelling, eagle tracking and face painting. To find out more visit the events page at rspb.org.uk/fife.

Editor's notes:

1. The RSPB is the UK's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.

2. Forest Enterprise Scotland is the government agency that's responsible for managing Scotland's National Forest Estate. The work we do is extremely varied and goes far beyond what many people think of as traditional forestry. As well as sustainable timber production, you're just as likely to find us protecting important habitats for wildlife, working with local communities, or making it easier for visitors to enjoy the great outdoors.

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