Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)


An Osprey making a kill is a spectacular sight. Fish make up the bulk of it's diet & a hunting bird flies over water at a considerable height, with alternate spells of flapping & gliding, until it spots a fish near the surface. It pauses, sometimes hovering momentarily, before turning & plunging.


You can spot then by lakes & rivers in Scotland from the months of April to October until it migrates to ..... From November to March.

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Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) 


In flight the 'King of birds) gives an impression of unequaled power & control, with its broad wings stretched to a 90in (230cm) wingspan and the wingtip feathers spread as though feeling for the currents of rising air which will bear it up to its mountain- top stronghold. Formally more widespread, the Golden Eagle is no restricted mainly to the remote mountain areas in Scotland, though each year attempt to spread south but with no luck no thanks to man. 

Nesting on rocky ledges & large trees within the Scottish Isles, mounitians & borders. Two eggs are laid, but normally only one eaglet survives. 



White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)


In 1907 these magnificent birds ceased to breed in the British Isles, after long years of prosecution & disturbance by man. Until recently, the only sighting was of birds that had strayed from their breeding grounds in Scandinavia. A reintroduction programme has now resulted in up to 20 breeding pairs becoming established in Scotland. Nests are usually a massive stick & branch construction on a sea cliff. The while tailed Eagle is more of a scavenger than the Golden Eagle & will find rotting fish that have stranded on the shores, as well as live prey. 


You can see them on the Western Isles & Highlands; in rare occasions migrate during the winter to east England.