NG5142 : White Tailed Sea Eagle overhead off Udairn

taken 14 years ago, 3 km from Penifiler/Peighinn Nam Fidhleir, Highland, Great Britain

White Tailed Sea Eagle overhead off Udairn
White Tailed Sea Eagle overhead off Udairn
I photographed this magnificent bird as it flew near our boat just before picking up a fish from the sea just behind us. See also NG5142 : Sea Eagle prepares to dive for fish NG5142 : Sea Eagle with fish & NG5142 : White Tailed Sea Eagle flies to its nest with fish
(Note: No geographical context, but part of series of four photos)
White-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)

The White-tailed eagle has various alternative names viz. White-tailed sea eagle, Grey sea eagle, Eurasian sea eagle and by its more poetic name of Ern or Erne.
It is one of the largest eagles in the World, usually considered 4th after Steller's sea eagle, the Harpy eagle and the Philippine eagle.
Typical dimensions are: Length: 80 cm (31"), Wingspan: 220cm (7'3") Weight: Male: 4.3 kg, Female: 5.5 kg although larger specimens with wingspans up to 8' (244cm) have been recorded.
It used to range over the western and northern isles and coasts of Scotland in comparatively large numbers as evidenced by the large number of talons discovered in burial tombs in Orkney for example. However it became extinct in Britain (mainly due to persecution) in 1916 when the last native bird, a female, was shot on Skye.
A few birds were reintroduced to Scotland from Norway in the last few decades and gradually a breeding population is being established, with the Isles of Mull and Skye being some of the best places to spot them.
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NG5142, 12 images   (more nearby search)
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Thursday, 29 May, 2008   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 3 June, 2008
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White Tailed Sea Eagle  Eagle 
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Birds > Birds   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! NG 51 42 [1000m precision]
WGS84: 57:24.2855N 6:8.3231W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NG 51 42
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