By John A. Love

ISBN-10: 1849950806

ISBN-13: 9781849950800

This is a much-needed replace on a pioneering and celebrated reintroduction undertaking, in addition to crucial history and an aim precis of its justification and value in worldwide conservation phrases. it's very a lot a private account, instead of a systematic strategy, deriving a lot from the author’s personal reports and researches, and liberally illustrated in most cases by means of the author’s pictures and drawings.

This intimate account, usually first-hand, tells all that has occurred because the reintroduction of the white-tailed sea eagle first all started and precisely how its successes over the next 3 and a part many years have obtained such around the globe attractiveness and acclaim. The publication contains a type of the eagles and their folklore and data approximately their background, distribution and biology.

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If you were lucky, claiming the bounty might not take a lot of effort. One Shetlander stumbled upon a Sea Eagle with its feet firmly trapped in the 39 A Saga of Sea Eagles body of an enormous halibut. Similarly, a Highlander laid hold of one of a pair of Sea Eagles that tumbled into Loch Lomond whilst talon-grappling. One Faroese man even captured an eagle crouching innocently behind a rock as it sheltered from a snow storm – all he had to do was wring its neck. Even allowing for the Old Scots conversion rate, the bounties being offered would appear to have been exceedingly generous; perhaps eagles were scarce and few people put in the effort to claim them.

Ruth admits she does not know how the bird came to lose its foot: perhaps the local fishermen had cut it off to retrieve an aluminium leg ring, mistakenly believing it was made of silver. Alternatively the bird could have been attacked by a Nile crocodile, or else lost its leg when it became entangled in fishing net. There was also an ancient belief in Shetland (Ritchie 1920) that eagles raiding a farmyard could be prevailed upon by a charm to drop the victim: the witness was supposed to cast some knots in a length of string and utter a simple spell.

Not only does the Madagascar Fish Eagle exhibit sibling rivalry to reduce its brood to only one eaglet, but this species is unique within the genus, indeed among eagles in general, in breeding in co-operative groups. Ruth Tingay (2005) found that up to 40 per cent of the nests had extra adult helpers, more often males than females, sometimes as many as five birds, but they may not necessarily have been related to the established breeding pair. Sometimes analysis of DNA reveals that an extra male has sired the progeny, rather than the established territory holder.

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