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Old 05 December 2018, 13:08   #1
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Sea Eagles for The Solent

possible reintroduction......
https://www.birdguides.com/news/plan...J6He~gqpRqXqVn

Conservationists are exploring the feasibility of a White-tailed Eagle reintroduction project in the Solent. The Forestry Commission and Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation, along with other partners, have identified the Isle of Wight as a potential release area due to its position amid rich foraging areas in the Solent, and with a strategic location on the south coast. White-tailed Eagle hasn't bred on the Isle of Wight – or anywhere in England – for almost 150 years, but the species has benefited from successful reintroduction schemes in Scotland and Ireland.

"We believe that the Isle of Wight is highly suitable for White-tailed Eagles. It is the last known breeding site of the species in southern England, the Solent and surrounding estuaries will provide a rich food supply, there are numerous potential nesting sites in woods and cliffs and also good loafing areas for young birds.

"Evidence from The Netherlands, where there is a small but growing population of White-tailed Eagles, indicates that the birds will do very well in this landscape.
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That would be very cool indeed, hope they do introduce them.

I was once fishing from a rock on the outskirts of Sitka in Alaska, caught a nice salmon, removed the hook and put it down next to me while I sorted out my line, felt a whoosh of air go past my face, looked round and saw a large Bald Eagle making off with the fish I had just caught. It must have been watching me fish and took advantage, a memorable experience.
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Would be great to see this happen!
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Update.........could be this year......

But not expected to breed until 2024....

https://www.birdguides.com/news/isle...tter030419&eid
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Keep your eyes peeled............

First six just released...

https://www.birdguides.com/news/firs...er280819&eid=6
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Keep your eyes peeled............

First six just released...

https://www.birdguides.com/news/firs...er280819&eid=6
Only a short distance from my house, my cats sh*tting itself!! Lol
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seemingly the ones in Skye pick up the cats drop them in the bay then pick them up once they've drowned easy peasy pickings
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Only a short distance from my house, my cats sh*tting itself!! Lol
I'm not surprised, one flew low over the car when I was on Lewis. I shat myself, and I'm defintiely bigger than your cat!
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I'm not surprised, one flew low over the car when I was on Lewis. I shat myself, and I'm defintiely bigger than your cat!
....Defiantly!..
We had European Cranes re-introduced (after Hundreds of years) to the Somerset Levels sometime ago.... and it is a bit of a "double take moment" when you encounter these Huge
Incongruous Creatures...although Cats small dogs (and I'm sure Poly) can rest a lot easier compared to Sea Eagles
A few Seasons ago we were circumnavigating Mull and had a Sea Eagle just 15 feet above the Boat ...we adjusted our speed and had the great privilege of Her company (Females are Larger) and an unprecedented view for over 5 minutes....we were so taken and awestruck we didn't even think to reach for the Camera!..MAGIC
Sometimes it's better that way
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Running down east coast of Jura we had two within about 5 miles that both flew straight for the boat and hovered about 20-30 feet above.

I suspect they've been getting fed..
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seemingly the ones in Skye pick up the cats drop them in the bay then pick them up once they've drowned easy peasy pickings
Well, that'll cheer up the locals! Not.
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Be scared..be very scared

Certainly... dont leave your babies out in their prams at night ..or you may find them gone in the morning !!!

This brute of a bird tried to snatch my friends Cocker Spaniel. While sitting on its perch... it 3 feet from tail to top of head.. which to give a better idea of scale ... is from ground to waist height on a man.



It showed absolutely no fear of myself..or my two friends.. as it sat 20 yards away eyeing up the spaniel playing on the beach.



In fact ..it flew at me .. I wondered if it wanted to scare us off so it could have a dog dinner for itself



When you see eight feet length of flapping wings heading for your head.. you get nervous knowing a midge net is not going to save your face from talons the size of hands



Only when it flies away ..do you think.. wow..that was something else.



Why you want to let vampire budgies loose in your land is beyond me.. unless of course you have a feral cat problem on the island ?
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Certainly... dont leave your babies out in their prams at night ..or you may find them gone in the morning !!!
Er, dude, I believe darn sarf it's Social Services that take them!
They don't follow the "toughening up policy" of me tartan kinfolk

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Im no expert Willk ..but we both know these big brutes need to eat to live. ..and they aint interested in the bags of nuts folk hang in their gardens ..nor left over fish n chips.

A sea eagle with a cat sized lamb in its talons



Another with a baby



This man was lucky he was too heavy to lift



Whatever will they think of next ?..

Perhaps reintroduce the American were wolf in London ? ..or is he there already
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We'll put up with the sea eagles as long as you keep your midges !
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My posts are mostly in jest Bern which Im sure you know

However there is a serious side behind them too. Im thinking of the birds...and not humans desire to see them. The birds are hopefully for life and not just for xmas.

Sadly .. I suspect soon your local papers will have stories like this too

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/...aught-in-trap/

Or like this

https://www.theguardian.com/environm...tion-says-rspb

Its sickening to hear of these magnificent birds of prey being killed intentionally. Every year birds disappear completely off the radar ..their tracking tags vanish ..many around grouse shooting estates.

They do take lambs and farmers are encouraged to prevent it and helped financially if they do. I believe some methods involve flying balloons above their flocks

https://www.nature.scot/professional...agement-scheme

I have read reports that sea eagle eat more lamb than fish

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ear...-research.html

As long as everyone is aware and will tolerate the odd cat ..or their precious grouse reared for shooting .. or the occasional lamb etc getting eaten ...it should be a success.

I do wish you well with the venture ..for the birds sake ..they are magnificent creatures
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Getting about a bit !

https://www.birdguides.com/news/rein...33De~gqpRqXqVn

Reintroduced White-tailed Eagle tours south-east England
One of the White-tailed Eagles recently reintroduced to the Isle of Wight has been tracked flying around south-east England, including over central London.

The bird, named Culver, was one of six juveniles released at an undisclosed site in the south of the Isle of Wight on 22 August. Thanks to a fitted satellite transmitter, The Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation has been able to monitor the male, which flew an impressive 220 km in a day on Saturday 31 August.


One of the six White-tailed Eagles to be released on the Isle of Wight this summer (Robin Crossley / Isle of Wight County Press).

After release, Culver spent a week exploring the Isle of Wight before, on 28 August, he departed over the Solent to the mainland (which took 15 minutes). He then continued across the New Forest before stopping at a woodland near Ringwood. Culver spent the following morning around Fordingbridge and Blashford Lakes before departing north again, then back south, roosting 5 km north-west of Lyndhurst.

Having racked up 100 km of travel, it was then somewhat surprising that he decided to tour south-east England the following day, Saturday 31 August. After a relatively slow start he crossed Southampton Water at 11 am, then flew east across the city. He continued on the same easterly trajectory for the next hour, passing to the north of Portsmouth, before turning north-east.

Aided by a fairly brisk south-westerly tailwind, he made fast progress through Surrey – over Thursley Common and Ash Ranges – before passing over Queen Mary Reservoir. As he approached Heathrow airport, Culver turned to the east and headed for central London. Incredibly, at 2.23 pm, he was directly above Big Ben, at an altitude of 705 m.

Having passed over London, Culver showed no signs of letting up and continued to follow the River Thames east, passing over Canvey Island at 3.20 pm and then Southend-on-Sea 10 minutes later at an altitude of less than 200 m. Eventually, at 3.44 pm, he landed on the North Sea coast near Great Wakering, just north of the mouth of the Thames Estuary. There he stayed, perhaps having found something to eat, before roosting in a small wood 500 m inland.

The following day, he headed south to the Isle of Sheppey, making landfall there at 10.35 am. After resting for just under an hour he set off again across the east end of the isle before crossing the estuary to Faversham. He continued south through the Kent countryside at high altitude – flying in excess of 1,200 m at times.

He crossed into East Sussex at around 1.40 pm and then stopped to the north-east of Rye, a few kilometres from the coast and 14 km west of Dungeness. He then flew west through Sussex but, rather than head along the coast, he cut inland as he approached Hastings and between 4 pm and 6.20 pm was perched in a field near Ashburnham. He likely roosted there or nearby.

On Monday 2 September, Culver left his overnight roost at 9.50 am and 10 minutes later was circling over Rye Harbour. From there he headed west along the coast, pausing briefly as he approached Hastings, and then heading north-east to avoid flying over the town.

At 2.30 pm he was circling over the south end of Powdermill Reservoir before heading west, passing over Battle at 2.54 pm at an altitude of 154 m. Culver stopped in the field near Ashburnham again, just before 4 pm, having flown approximately 50 km during the course of the day.

Where he heads next remains to be seen. It's possible he could stay in East Sussex for a while, or he could continue west, perhaps to Knepp Estate or the Arun Valley, where a White-tailed Eagle wintered in 2010. Research has shown that juvenile White-tailed Eagles often wander widely in their first two years, sometimes venturing 200 km from their nest site.
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I wonder how easy they are getting food theres not much fish around Big Ben
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No but there's no shortage of "babies".......
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Plenty of " hot air " for thermals though..........
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