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    Sea eagles project to reintroduce the bird to the east coast of Scotland is due to end this week

    NewsBirds of Prey NewsWednesday 22 August 2012
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    According to BBC, "a project to reintroduce sea eagles to the east coast of Scotland is due to end this week, with the release of six young birds from a secret location in Fife.

    That will take the total number of sea eagles released on the east coast in the last six years to 85.

    Meanwhile, the number of sea eagles breeding on the west coast is steadily increasing.

    The sea eagle, or white-tailed eagle, is Europe's biggest bird of prey.

    An adult female is significantly larger than the male and, with a wingspan of 2.5m, can weigh as much as seven kilogrammes.

    Throughout the 19th Century, the species was poisoned and shot by gamekeepers. It also fell victim to egg collectors and by 1918 it had been wiped out in Scotland.

    But for decades, conservationists have been working to reintroduce the sea eagle, by releasing young birds taken from nests in Norway.

    At times, the work has proved to be controversial. Crofters and landowners have expressed their anger about sea eagles feeding on lambs and poultry.

    RSPB Scotland, which led the project, insists sea eagles mainly eat fish and seabirds, but also feed on carrion and small mammals, such as rabbits.

    This latest release is being seen as a key milestone by the RSPB."

    Source: BBC News

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