Even though Raasay is a relatively small island we are fortunate enough to have two types of Eagle here, Golden Eagles and Sea Eagles (or White Tailed Eagles).
One of the best places to spot these beautiful birds is towards the south-east coast of the island. Look up beyond the rugged sea cliffs and spot these birds of prey flying high above your head.
Some Interesting Facts about the Golden Eagle:
- The golden eagle is the UK’s second largest bird of prey.
- The Golden Eagle has a wingspan of around 2 metres.
- Originally Golden Eagles ranged over much of upland Britain and Ireland but now can only be found in wildest parts of the Scottish Highlands and Islands.
- Golden Eagles lay their eggs between the beginning of March and the middle of April.
- Golden Eagles are pretty rare- only about 400 odd pairs in the UK so we’re pretty lucky to have them here on Raasay.
- The golden eagle is recognised as a Category 3 Species of European Conservation Concern.
Photo by Tony Hisgett from Birmingham
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On Raasay these guys hunt along the sound of Raasay towards the east coast of the island. Boat trips from Portree come a few times a day laden with tourists to catch a glimpse of the Raasay Sea Eagles in action.
Some Interesting Facts about the Sea Eagle:
- The Sea Eagle or White Tailed Eagle is the UK’s largest bird of prey.
- The birds will settle on territories and pair up when they are 3–5 years old
- Males weigh 3–5.5 kg and females weigh 4–7 kg
- The white-tailed eagle is listed on Annex I of the EC Birds Directive and is specially protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
- Sea Eagles were hunted into extinction with the last bird being shot in Shetland in 1916.
- Sea Eagles were reintroduced to Scotland from 1975
- Sea Eagles have a wingspan of a whopping, 2 to 2.4 meters! No wonder they are regularly described as seeing a flying barn door!
Photo By Yathin S Krishnappa - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25112390