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.