By John A. Love
This is a much-needed replace on a pioneering and celebrated reintroduction undertaking, in addition to crucial historical past and an goal precis of its justification and value in worldwide conservation phrases. it's very a lot a private account, instead of a systematic process, deriving a lot from the author’s personal studies and researches, and liberally illustrated generally by way of the author’s images and drawings.
This intimate account, usually first-hand, tells all that has occurred because the reintroduction of the white-tailed sea eagle first begun and precisely how its successes over the following 3 and a part a long time have got such around the globe attractiveness and acclaim. The ebook encompasses a class of the eagles and their folklore and data approximately their heritage, distribution and biology.
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Happily, such fatalites seemed to be rare – and the story is so much better if the child survives their ordeal. Careful attention to detail can often make the story-teller sound even more convincing, and such embellishments would have accumulated over generations in the telling. The Shetland ornithologist Bobby Tulloch (1978) was told at considerable length of an infant from Unst, tucked behind a haystack while the family were working the field, being carried by a Sea Eagle to its eyrie on the neighbouring island of Fetlar.
When the birds returned to it two years later, they found a pair of peregrine falcons Bald eagle nest, Vancouver Island, British Columbia in residence. Undeterred, the eagles built a new structure above it. Many aerial battles ensued but the falcons failed to expel the eagles who only gained respite from attack once they had landed on their own nest. This uneasy situation persisted throughout that year (1947) and the next, when both eagles and peregrines succeeded in rearing one youngster each.
Another enterprising Highlander went so far as to put rings around the throats of eaglets so that he could be assured first of satisfying his own hunger. Osgood Mackenzie (1928), the owner and founder of Inverewe Gardens in Wester Ross, recounted how eaglets (in this case probably golden eagles) were tethered to delay their leaving the nest so that the adults would continue to bring them food – hares, fawns, lambs and grouse – which formed ‘an agreeable variety at the shepherd’s daily dinner of porridge and potatoes and milk’.
A saga of sea eagles by John A. Love