Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Eagles over Ormsaigbeg

A wonderful view of this eagle this morning wheeling over the common grazings at the back of Ormsaigbeg, with another flying much higher above. We thought it was a golden eagle....

....but, as it was attacked by this hooded crow, it turned away. Click on the picture and look closely above the eagle's body: there's a small aerial visible.

The white tail feathers visible in the first picture, the wedge-shape of the tail, and the aerial confirm that this is a young sea eagle, probably across from Mull, one of the eagles which is carrying a tracking device.

This is the second day running we've seen eagles over Ormsaigbeg. Yesterday there were three, two smaller and one larger, over the ridge of Druim na Gearr Leacainn, the larger driving the smaller pair away. Perhaps the smaller were golden eagles.

It's a miserable life for the garden birds at the moment. The Diary is spending a small fortune on grain, peanuts and sunflower seeds to keep them going, but has been sent a timely reminder by an Achnaha resident - please don't forget to put out water for them as well.

1 comment:

  1. 'The Raptor', our local bird expert, tells me this may be Marra, a three-year old sea eagle. The white tail feathers will be fully developed when he is about five.