Whitetail eagle photographed?

Following on from our recent story that a rare White tail eagle has been satellite tracked in the county, one quick thinking motorist may have captured a picture of the impressive bird in flight.

Following on from our recent story that a rare White tail eagle has been satellite tracked in the county, one quick thinking motorist may have captured a picture of the impressive bird in flight.

Dungloe man, Brendan Bonner, was driving from Dungloe to Doochary last Friday morning when his eye was drawn to an impressive looking bird of prey sitting on a roadside telegraph pole.

Brendan said it was a very impressive site and he quickly grabbed his camera phone and took this shot. While some distance away the large wing span can be noted.

“I saw it sitting on the pole, you couldn’t miss it. It hovered around for a while then it landed in to the bog and I couldn’t see it after that. It was an great site to see and it was an amazing animal,” Brendan added.

Brendan says it was difficult to determine if was a white tail or golden eagle, but a GPS reading from the Golden Eagle Trust shows a Whitetail has been in the west Donegal Area in recent weeks.

Whitetailed Sea eagles were released back into the wild in Kerry as part of an ongoing programme in the region, has been tracked by its GPS tag to a region near Muckish and Errigal. The White-tailed Eagle populations declined throughout much of their European range during the 19th century leading to extinction in Ireland, Scotland, the Faeroes, and most of southern Europe. The White tails have a more general diet than the Golden Eagle but are also primarily scavenger for Carrion including dead fish, seals and they readily eat discards from fishing boats

They can also snatch fish from near the surface while in flight.