white-tailed sea eagle poisoned nr Mallaig, western Scotland

white-tailed sea eagles have been re-introduced to Scotland after being persecuted to extinction in the 1900s

In March 2002, an adult white-tailed sea eagle was found dead on the Morar Peninsular near Mallaig, Western Scotland. Tests revealed this was the male of a breeding pair and he had been poisoned with Aldicarb.

This eagle had been donated by Norway as part of the sea eagle reintroduction project, and he had been released in Wester Ross in 1997. In 2000, when only three years old, he found a mate and they successfully raised one chick that year. Breeding at such a young age is unusual – normally, sea eagles do not breed until they are at least five years old.

Sadly, his female partner was also poisoned in the same area in the following year.

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