We’re delighted to report that two White-tailed Eagles have returned to Loch Leven NNR; once again on the day of the first frost in the area! The two birds with turquoise X and H tags are now 5 years old, having been released in 2009 as part of the reintroduction programme that took place from 2007 to 2012. They were visually identified initially by Karen Hartnell, and their identity was confirmed by Rhian Evans, the White-tailed Eagle Project Officer for RSPB. Having reached maturity, they are known to have paired together, but were unsuccessful in their first breeding attempt this year. Rhian has written a fantastic blog post on the RSPB Community webpage which features more information about the pair’s first breeding attempt, possible causes of failure, the project in general and their historical movements to Loch Leven each winter, as well some fantastic recent images captured by local photographers.
If you’re keen to see the eagles while they’re here, it’s worth bringing some binoculars or a telescope down to Kirkgate viewpoint on a clear day to have a close look at the tree line along Castle Island and Reed Bower, where they like to roost. Alternatively, they can sometimes also be seen at distance on St Serfs Island from the RSPB Loch Leven coffee shop window, meaning that you can enjoy the spectacle with a warm cuppa by your side!