Return Of The Sea Eagle In Scotland

We spotted a juvenile sea eagle in the Wester Ross of Scotland. It is a positive sign for the successful reintroduction as sea eagles had been extinct in the 20th century for almost 60 years.

We spotted a juvenile sea eagle in the Wester Ross of Scotland. It is a positive sign for the successful reintroduction as sea eagles had been extinct in the 20th century for almost 60 years.

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.

The Afternoon Call Of An Eagle
Juvenile Sea Eagle, Wester Ross, Scotland

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.



What camera / lens do you prefer for capturing wildlife when you’re hiking in remote areas?




Author: Marcelle Simone Heller

I’m searching for natural beauty and wilderness, while I’m travelling relentlessly to find delightful places and encounters with wildlife. I try to capture the thrill of the moments in photography and words, hoping to inspire others with the love for animals and nature.

27 thoughts on “Return Of The Sea Eagle In Scotland”

  1. Beautiful. You got great shots from so far away! Recently sold off all my DSLR equipment and bought a mirrorless camera that has interchangeable lenses. SO much lighter, but still takes great pictures.

  2. Wow, what an opportunity! Fantastic shots and as you say, there are definitely benefits to having a compact digital camera on hand.

  3. We been to Scotland many times, but never heard of these magnificent sea eagles, thanks for sharing!

    1. I think that I’d never get tired of Scotland if the weather would be just a little bit better. The landscape is breathtaking and to see a sea eagle was the cherry on top.

  4. Good to read about the camera in the comments – we’ve heard good reports on several of the CoolPix series. Meanwhile, that eagle is beautiful! Definitely envious of how close you were able to get! Nicely done.

    1. We are looking forward to do more birding and wildlife photographs when we are back in South Africa for the winter. With our first camera – an Olympus 620e – we made also quite good pictures but to take the 300mm lens with on safaris by foot is a bitch 😉

    1. Maybe you are lucky and see even the Golden Eagle … Have a great time in Scotland! We have some more tips about Scotland on our blog if you like to prepare some awesome visits.

  5. Great post! Love wildlife and glad to see their numbers are increasing. Hope to visit Scotland.

    1. It’s worth the effort to visit Scotland. There are quite affordable flights to Glasgow, too. Wild Camping (with tent or camper van) is allowed and so, you can safe a lot of money for accommodation.

    1. Nice camera! This picture was taken with the Nikon Coolpic P900 which lens extends to 1000mm. Easy camera to use and for taking with in the backpack.

  6. What a beautiful bird. Glad to hear that they’re making a comeback! Someday we hope to get to Scotland, and we hope to see them when we’re there! Thanks for sharing about them and sharing your beautiful photos. 🙂

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