White-tailed sea eagle Haliaeetus albicilla reintroduction to the Isle of Rhum, Scotland, 1975-1977

  • Published source details Love J.A. & Ball M.E. (1979) White-tailed sea eagle Haliaeetus albicilla reintroduction to the Isle of Rhum, Scotland, 1975-1977. Biological Conservation, 16, 23-30.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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Translocate raptors

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Bird Conservation
  1. Translocate raptors

    A replicated study on the Isle of Rùm, western Scotland (Love & Ball 1979), found that, of 14 white-tailed eagles Haliaeetus albicilla translocated from Norway in 1975-7, 13 were successfully released. The remaining bird (a male) died of kidney failure after five weeks in captivitiy. Of the released birds, two (15%) were found dead but the others appear to be survive well (at least until publication in 1979). The eagles were collected at five to eight weeks old and kept for two or three months at the release site. After release, food was provided from ‘food dumps’ until the birds were able to feed themselves. This translocation programme is discussed further below.


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