Sea eagles return to Irish nest
The Irish Times - Mon, Apr 30, 2012
A pair of young white-tailed sea eagles have bred for the first time in Ireland in over a century.The breeding pair – a four-year old male and three year-old female reintroduced here from Norway – have chosen an island on Lough Derg to nest, and are currently incubating their young.
The pair had settled in the Mountshannon area of Clare early last year, and began to build their nest in early April.
Dr Allan Mee, Irish White-tailed Sea Eagle Reintroduction Programme project manager with the Golden Eagle Trust, told The Irish Times that it would be at least three weeks before the young hatched.
He described it today as a "truly momentous event for Clare and Ireland", and appealed to the public to give the birds space. The trust has applied for an exclusion zone through the National Parks and Wildlife Service to ensure that the birds are not disturbed, and public viewing of the island will be facilitated at Mountshannon pier.
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