Reintroducing sea eagles from Norway to Ireland

For the first time in more than 100 years have a pair of young white-tailed sea eagles bred in Ireland this spring. The Irish white-tailed sea eagle was driven to extinction in the early 20th century. But thanks to a reintroduction project the eagles have new opportunities in the country. The first nesting attempt in more than a century is now documented, according to the Golden Eagle Trust.

The reintroduced eagles are originating from Norway, who today has the largest breeding population in Western-Europe. One hundred Norwegian white-tailed eagles have been released between 2007 and 2011 in Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry, according to Science Nordic. About 20 of them was “raised” as white-tailed eagle chicks in the same barn as the eagle in the photo above. That one is not a young eagle. Actually it is a very old one, a 24 year old female that was found last autumn with a serious damage of one wing. She healed after weeks of medical care, feeding (especially crows and pike) and rehabilitation, and was let free again.

23 thoughts on “Reintroducing sea eagles from Norway to Ireland

  1. Majestic birds! I hope they manage to re-establish all around the UK and Ireland. Many other birds of prey such as buzzard, sparrowhawk, red kite and peregrine falcon are doing pretty well here now, so fingers crossed for the sea eagles too.


  2. Lovely post. Lovely eagles. Fantastic they’re being reintroduced to Ireland. I love these birds – all because ofa book I read about the sea eagles & an artist. Thanks so much 🙂


  3. Great post. I’d like to see more and more of these breeding programs. We have the skills and resources to save many endangered species and it’s up to us humans to develop these programs.


  4. Magestic these Erns…beautiful shots…
    Its such a great work contributing and returning the favour to nature
    Wish all the very best to the team re-introducing these magnificent Birds 🙂


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