By John A. Love
This is a much-needed replace on a pioneering and celebrated reintroduction venture, in addition to crucial heritage and an goal precis of its justification and importance in international conservation phrases. it's very a lot a private account, instead of a systematic process, deriving a lot from the author’s personal studies and researches, and liberally illustrated ordinarily by means of the author’s photos and drawings.
This intimate account, frequently first-hand, tells all that has occurred because the reintroduction of the white-tailed sea eagle first begun and precisely how its successes over the following 3 and a part many years have bought such around the world popularity and acclaim. The e-book incorporates a type of the eagles and their folklore and knowledge approximately their historical past, distribution and biology.
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So wrote my friend, bird artist and falconer, the late Andy Miller Mundy, who travelled to Kirghizstan in 1995–1996 to see eagle hunters in action. In 1983, Andy, who lived at Harris in the Outer Hebrides, had shown me his Golden Eagle, a juvenile whose plumage had become matted with fulmar oil. His falconry training greatly facilitated the lengthy process of cleaning the feathers and rehabilitating the bird back to the wild. As it turns out it was Andy, too, who that year found the third Sea Eagle pair nesting in Scotland during the Rum reintroduction.
As a baby, Gilgamesh – the Babylonian equivalent of the mighty Hercules – was to be sacrificed but was instead rescued by an eagle. Such complex early myths came to be adopted, modified and distributed far and wide, even attributed to later heroes. Amongst the many myths which have come to be associated with Alexander the Great, for instance, is that he is said to have obtained knowledge of his fields of battle by first flying over them on the back of an eagle. Etana, another mythical hero of the Babylonians, rode on the back of an eagle which fed on snakes.
Finding itself in the utter darkness behind the turf curtain, the eagle would offer no resistance. If two or more eagles were at the bait together, it sometimes happened that when the first was captured the others continued feeding. With luck a trapper could catch two or three eagles in a few hours. But his patience often went unrewarded, and there he remained crouched in the hut until darkness fell. On Vaerøy one man caught as many as 16 eagles in a single day. In such favourable localities, between 50 and 100 eagles might be caught in any one season.
A saga of sea eagles by John A. Love