Sea eagles return to Iceland
A sea eagle was spotted at farm in southern Iceland last month, where it was seen feasting on the carcass of a horse. Sea eagles are rare in that part of the country.
The farmer told RÚV news that he has never seen a sea eagle at his farm before. He said he got within 10 metres of the eagle and described the experience as “fantastic.”
The Icelandic Society for the Protection of Birds said it’s a good sign to see a grown sea eagle in this area.
A sea eagle laid eggs in southern Iceland in 2004 for the first time in 60 years.
The protection of the Icelandic sea eagle has been the society’s main concern since its creation in 1963.
In 2005 there were only about 65 grown breeding pairs of sea eagles in Iceland.
Sea eagles used to be common in all parts of the country, but now the bird mostly breeds in western Iceland.
Sea eagles are extinct in many European countries due to hunting and pollution.