Tuesday, 20 January 2015
That Eagle Hybrid
Because identification of this individual wasn't easy, The Diary jokingly suggested that this might be the first example of a sea/golden eagle hybrid. The two comments below the post disagreed - one said golden, the other sea eagle.
Our local expert, The Raptor, has now added his opinion: "I've had a look at the books and contrary to my earlier assumption, this bird is definitely a juvenile sea eagle in its second winter. It corresponds perfectly to a picture in my book on European raptors. The golden eagle has a much thicker black band, while this bird really just has a black edging to the tail. Hope this helps clear things up."