We spotted the juvenile eagle on top of a pine tree at a remote Loch after a two hours hike in the Scottish Highlands without seeing another soul. There hadn’t been a path for a good hour and we made our way slowly stumbling over the marshy pastures and the rocky lake shore.
Every few meters or so we made a picture of the majestic raptor as we were scared that the eagle would escape us. But the young bird let us approach fairly close to it but on the opposite side of the lake. We had a clear view to the pine tree where the juvenile eagle was calling out for its fellow raptors.
With our compact camera we were able to zoom in on it with a 1000mm lens which is pretty awesome. Of course it’s not as sharp edged as with changeable lenses. But therefore we didn’t have to carry the heavy weight of such a lens either.
Sea eagles, also known as white-tailed or stellers eagle, are the UK’s largest bird of prey.During the 19th Century they were a common sight across Scotland until persecution drove them to extinction. The last eagle was shot in 1918.
1975 the first sea eagles were reintroduced to the Isle of Rum and then in Wester Ross between 1993 and 1998. The raptors established an increasing breeding population on the west coast of Scotland over the last decades.
Further re-introductions of these magnificent birds to the east coast between 2007 and 2012 should make the Scottish sea eagle population stronger. In 2013, for the first time in almost 200 years, sea eagles bred successfully also in the east of Scotland.