Juvenile Sea Eagle


Driving up towards Glencoe yesterday we spotted the UK’s largest bird of prey, a Juvenile Sea Eagle out in the Forth of Lorn. I watched it travel down the coast and across to some of the local islands and followed this “flying barn door” as it glided back towards me from maybe over a mile away. Eventually patience was rewarded as it passed high over head. The photos taken with a 200mm lens are not brilliant, but I’m pleased to have eventually captured some images. Apparently it takes about 3 years for the bird to mature and for the tail feathers to turn completely white.

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…and then driving near Glencoe village itself we briefly saw another eagle. By the time I’d pulled the car into a layby it had gone to ground. Sea or possibly Golden (?) I don’t know, but there were 90mph winds on the summits yesterday and it’s possible that a Golden Eagle came down to lower levels seeking shelter. So, two eagles on what was otherwise an horrendous weekend, weather wise, in the highlands….

About Andy Harpur

Interests : The Scottish Highlands, The Pennine Alps, The Milky Way, Abbot Ale, Mountaineering, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Sea Kayaking, Astronomy, Guitar, Penny Whistle. I live and breath for the outdoor lifestyle. New places, new faces, new adventures....
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