Rare eagle chicks hatch in Clare

Rare eagle chicks hatch in Clare

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Eagles_056White-tailed Eagles have successfully hatched chicks on Lough Derg at Mountshannon, County Clare, according to the Golden Eagle Trust.

This pair of eagles created history in 2013 when they reared the first chicks to fly from a nest in Ireland in over 100 years. The pair also reared the only chick to successfully fledge from a nest in 2014.

The Golden Eagle Trust says eight pairs of White-tailed Eagles have nested and laid eggs with five nests successfully hatching chicks in recent weeks in counties Clare, Cork, Galway and Kerry.

Elsewhere in the last few weeks, chicks have hatched in nests at Glengarriff in West Cork, and in Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry, and in Co. Galway.

These are the latest chicks of the high profile reintroduction programme which began in 2007 with the release of 100 young Norwegian eagles in Killarney National Park as part of the White-tailed Eagle Reintroduction Programme managed by the Golden Eagle Trust in partnership with the National Parks & Wildlife Service.

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys commented “It is great news that white tailed eagle chicks have been successfully hatched across four counties. This is a considerable boost for the reintroduction programme and it is a very positive sign for the recovery of the species here.”

“The white tailed eagle is an iconic bird, which is very popular in local communities and of course attracts interest from visitors. I would like to commend the ongoing work of those involved in the reintroduction programme and acknowledge the strong support from local communities and landowners who are helping to make it a success,” she added.

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