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White-tailed Sea Eagle: Birds of Britain

Posted in Animals, Birds, Wildlife on Monday, 31 January 2011

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White-tailed Sea Eagle – Birds of Britain

Once the most widespread of our birds of prey, the white-tailed sea eagle has not nested around our coasts for half a century. Poisoning, shooting and trapping by sheep farmers was mainly responsible for its disappearance. Although the sea eagle’s threat to new-born lambs is now thought to be grossly overestimated, the bird is still persecuted for this in northern Norway. This mighty creature, with its wingspan of up to three metres, is now seen by our shores only as a rare winter visitor from Scandinavia or Iceland.

This edited article originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 901 published on 28 April 1979. Click on a picture to find out more about licensing images for commercial or personal/educational use. We are also able to license textual material. Please contact us for details.

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