Reside footage of white-tailed eagle hatching proven at RSPB Scotland Abernethy nature reserve

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Guests to RSPB Scotland’s Abernethy nature reserve have loved the primary ever reside footage of a wild white-tailed eagle hatching within the UK.

Guests to RSPB Scotland’s Abernethy nature reserve have loved the primary ever reside footage of a wild white-tailed eagle hatching within the UK.

The younger eaglet is the offspring of Shona and Finn, a pair who’re nesting within the huge panorama of the Cairngorms Join partnership, of which RSPB Scotland is an element. Since eggs have been first seen within the nest on Thursday 3 March, each mother and father have shared incubating duties, together with defending them from snow and up to date storms, earlier than the primary egg hatched at 19:43 on Friday 8 April.

The birds’ actions are being beamed reside to the Loch Garten Nature Centre, through a digital camera which has been hidden in a stick 3 metres from the nest to keep away from disturbing the birds. That is the primary time such a technique has been used within the UK after profitable trials in Latvia and Estonia.

Fergus Cumberland, Customer Expertise Supervisor for RSPB Scotland, mentioned, “The response to the eagles from the general public has been one in all pleasure and anticipation. The true character and personalities of those birds are on full show for the general public to expertise and it’s a surprise to look at all of it unfold. Now to see that they’ve hatched their first chick is unimaginable. We really feel so privileged to have been in a position to witness such a particular second.”

White-tailed Eagle, copyright Glyn Sellors, from the surfbirds galleries

Often known as sea eagles, white-tailed eagles are the UK’s largest chicken of prey with a wingspan of two.5 metres. They have been pushed to extinction in Scotland in 1918 earlier than birds from Scandinavia have been re-introduced to the Isle of Rum in 1975. Subsequent re-introductions in different elements of the nation, in addition to the birds’ pure dispersal means there at the moment are populations unfold so far as Fife, Orkney and the northwest Highlands.

The newly hatched chick is a descendant of those re-introduced birds. Their father, Finn, is the great-grandson of the well-known Skye and Frisa pair of Mull Eagle Watch and BBC Springwatch fame. Skye is the oldest identified white-tailed eagle at 28 years previous and Frisa was the daughter of Blondie, the primary eagle to efficiently elevate a chick in 1985 after the re-introduction.

After hatching, white-tailed eagle chicks usually stay within the nest being fed by their mother and father for about 12 weeks. Even upon fledging, they continue to be near the nest and depending on their mother and father all through the autumn earlier than searching for their very own territory.

Jess Tomes, Abernethy Website Supervisor for Folks at RSPB Scotland, mentioned, “The subsequent two weeks are vital for this younger eagle as they’re unable to manage their very own physique temperature for the primary few days and are completely depending on their mother and father to shelter them from the worst of a Cairngorms spring. It’ll be a really tense time for all watching however we welcome all people to go to us on the Nature Centre and expertise these unimaginable moments!”

To keep away from disturbance of the birds, the precise location of the nest will not be being disclosed to the general public. Guests to RSPB Scotland’s Loch Garten Nature Centre can view the reside feed every day all through the spring and summer season. Highlights and updates shall be offered on the RSPB Loch Garten Twitter and Fb pages.

The digital camera and reside feed have been put in by Wildlife Home windows and funded by the European Regional Improvement Fund by way of NatureScot.

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