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A saga of sea eagles by John A. Love

By John A. Love

This is a much-needed replace on a pioneering and celebrated reintroduction venture, in addition to crucial heritage and an target precis of its justification and importance in worldwide conservation phrases. it's very a lot a private account, instead of a systematic procedure, deriving a lot from the author’s personal studies and researches, and liberally illustrated often through the author’s images and drawings.

This intimate account, usually 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 a long time have bought such world wide attractiveness and acclaim. The e-book encompasses a type of the eagles and their folklore and data approximately their historical past, distribution and biology.

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The white bases to any of the feathers flash prominently when parted in a strong breeze, especially those at the back of the head. In flight the rufous-brown coverts on the leading edge of each wing contrast with the dark blackish-brown primaries and secondaries. Having seen several juvenile bald eagles, both in captivity and in the wild, and being totally familiar with juvenile White-tailed Sea Eagles, I confess to finding it difficult to tell them apart. The Atlantic Ocean was always the most convenient distinguishing clue!

27 Chapter 3 Sea Eagle fiction There heard I naught but seething sea, Ice-cold wave, awhile a song of swan. There came to charm me gannets’ pother And whimbrel’s trills for the laughter of men, Kittiwakes singing instead of mead. There storms beat upon the rocky cliffs; There the tern with icy-feathers answered them; Full oft the dewy-feathered eagle screamed around. The Seafarer (7th-century Anglo-Saxon poem) The eagle – ‘king of birds’ – has long been admired the world over for its majesty, strength and hunting prowess so it is inevitable that it should be adopted as a symbol of might and power.

In the great epic tale Mahabharata, Garuda issued from an egg in a flame of fire, his eyes flashed lightning and his voice was thunder – all familiar themes from eagle mythology through the ages. The Java Hawk-Eagle was chosen as the national bird of Indonesia because of its supposed resemblance to the mythic Garuda of Buddhists and Hindus. While many such tales were first woven around the Golden Eagle, it is likely that some at least will refer to Sea Eagles. There was an ancient Act of Parliament in England: … anent the slaying of the Erne on account of its being a terror to farmers, from fowls to children.

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