UK Bird News May 2016

The Birder's Market | Resource | Bird news for Britain / Rest of the World | UK Bird News | Bird News for United Kingdom 2016 |  UK Bird News May 2016

FIRST sighting and photograph of the Lammergeier, the bearded vulture in Cornwall

FIRST sighting and photograph of the Lammergeier, the bearded vulture in Cornwall

On 23rd May 2016, me and my husband Rob Nicholls, saw the Lammergeier, the bearded vulture and I capture it my camera.

We were actually in Breney Common doing a butterfly survey in preparation for our fieldtrip on Monday, 30th May for the Cornwall Butterfly and Moth Society to see the rare Marsh Fritillary.

It was a sunny afternoon, about 2:30pm. We were looking up towards Helman Tor when a large bird, soaring high, came into sight over the ridgeline, heading in a south westerly direction. It’s just gliding gracefully in the sky. The wingspan was probably 9 feet or more, 3 metres.

It was very high, maybe up to 2,000 feet and had a small bird in tow - which was not getting too close. The small bird turned out to be a buzzard!
The Lammageier did not flap its wings. It was just gliding gracefully across the sky. It was huge and unlike anything usually seen in the skies over Cornwall.
Luckily I was already prepared with my camera and was able to take some pictures.
We were able to watch it for about 12 minutes, before it went out of sight.
Perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime sighting.

It's nice to sometimes be in the right place, at the right time!

Two white-tailed eagle chicks successfully hatched from a nest in Fife

Two white-tailed eagle chicks successfully hatched from a nest in Fife

Two white-tailed eagle chicks have successfully hatched from a nest in Fife, it was announced today.

It is the fourth year running that this pair of white-tailed eagles has nested in Forest Enterprise Scotland woodland in Fife, with last year bringing the first arrival of two chicks.

The parents, known as Turquoise 1 and Turquoise Z after their wing tags, were released in 2009 as part of the East Scotland Sea Eagle reintroduction project, which saw 85 birds released on the east coast of Scotland between 2007 and 2012.

Rhian Evans, East Scotland Sea Eagle Officer, said: “It’s really great news that there are two chicks again this year! Last year, one of the chicks sadly died of natural causes in the nest so we hope that this year, both will fledge successfully. We have over 30 local volunteers involved in protecting and monitoring the nest, which helps keep the birds safe and provides us with a fascinating insight into their lives.”

Last year was an exciting time for white-tailed eagles in Scotland, as the population reached 100 pairs, marking a significant milestone for the reintroduction of the species. The 100th pair nested on Hoy in Orkney which marked a large expansion of their range in Scotland.

To help people try to see white-tailed eagles in Fife, RSPB Scotland, Forest Enterprise Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage will be running guided walks at Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve on Sunday 17 July, Saturday 6 August and Saturday 27 August. For more details or to book a place, phone 01738 630783 or email perth.admin@rspb.org.uk

Graeme Findlay, Environment Manager for Forest Enterprise Scotland’s team in the area, said: “The eagles can often be seen hunting along the shoreline at Tentsmuir, especially when they are busy providing food for demanding chicks. The guided walks will be a great chance to see these magnificent birds at work, discover more about them and also learn about the re-introduction programme.”

White-tailed eagles, or sea eagles, can live for around 30 years and generally form pair bonds for life. They were once a common sight across Scotland but were driven to extinction by persecution, with the last British bird shot in Shetland in 1918. Reintroduction into Scotland has taken place in three phases starting in 1975. The east Scotland reintroduction was the third phase. It was a partnership between Forest Enterprise Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and RSPB Scotland with funding from Leader (2011-2013) and the Heritage Lottery Fund (2011-2014).

For updates and more information about the East Scotland Sea Eagles visit
www.rspb.org.uk/community/ourwork/b/eastscotlandeagles/default.aspx.

The Birder's Market | Resource | Bird news for Britain / Rest of the World | UK Bird News | Bird News for United Kingdom 2016 |  UK Bird News May 2016

add this

RSPB

RSPB GIFT MEMBERSHIP

RSPB GIFT MEMBERSHIP


celestron
Foto

Foto

Today' Best Deals
Lizard Bird Diary

Lizard Bird Diary

d





Compact Mini Rubber 8 x 21 Kids Binoculars

BTO

Valid CSS!