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By John A. Love

ISBN-10: 1849950806

ISBN-13: 9781849950800

This is a much-needed replace on a pioneering and celebrated reintroduction venture, in addition to crucial historical past and an goal precis of its justification and importance in worldwide conservation phrases. it's very a lot a private account, instead of a systematic method, deriving a lot from the author’s personal studies and researches, and liberally illustrated generally by means 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 acquired such around the globe attractiveness and acclaim. The publication features a class of the eagles and their folklore and knowledge approximately their heritage, distribution and biology.

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Again, the detail sounds convincing, except that at the time she would have been three-and-a- half years of age. It is doubtful that an eagle would ever have succeeded in carrying the child’s weight of 19 kg to its nest 200 m above the ground. It is true that Sea Eagles have been known to lift weights of up to 11 kg and once a load of 15 kg, but, significantly, another had to drop a dog of this weight almost immediately. Only the largest of eagles could ever achieve these extreme feats and even then would have required the assistance of favourable winds or a downhill take-off.

Other similar individuals from Sutherland were recorded by John Wolley (1902) and Harvie-Brown and Buckley (1887). A silver female from Rum was shot on the Isle of Eigg in the Inner Hebrides in 1886 (HarvieBrown and Macpherson 1904) while Harvie-Brown (1906) also recorded a pair of ‘albinos’ nesting in a tree in Loch Laidon, Perthshire, both parents and their young being ‘alike of a pale dove colour or ash colour’. This last record suggests there may be a genetic factor involved, although the common contention was that such pale individuals were of great age.

You will take care to cut the feathers of a wing of each. Mackenzie reported back immediately that the eagles had been despatched: 35 A Saga of Sea Eagles The one I offered the gentleman I mentioned to your Lordship sent for it, but unfortunately it got loose and I had to shoot it to prevent it escaping. Captain Ward will be instructed to deliver them according to this order. The feathers are cut. On 13 October, Ward reported to Salisbury that the eagles had been delivered. The following year (1850) an injured female Sea Eagle was sent to Lord Derby who had a small private aviary on his estate in Lancashire, now a safari park.

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