Male N (Ingar) hatched in mid April in Snillfjord c50 kilometres west of Trondheim in west central Norway. Ingar was collected on 18 June by Livar Ramvik and temporarily housed at our holding site in a converted barn in Stjørdal only five minutes from Vaernes airport where it was expertly looked after by Tom Roger Østeras. On 24 June Ingar weighed 4.55 kilos and was estimated to be 10 weeks old based on his tail length.
On 25 June Ingar was flown from Trondheim to Kerry along with 22 other eaglets and was housed in a large cage in Killarney National Park. On 29 July we attached PVC wing-tags (white on right and black on left) with the letter N and a solar-powered GPS satellite transmitter. The 70g solar PTT-100 from Microwave Telemetry takes GPS fixes every hour during summer daylight hours with the data transmitted to Argos on day 3. The number of hours the transmitter operates is reduced in autumn and winter to save battery power during the shorter days.
On 4 August Ingar was released along with nine other eaglets, roosting on his first night in Glena Bay in the south-west corner of Lough Leane. Over the next few days he moved over a short distance along the shore of Lough Leane where he soon found one of the feeding sites provided for the young eagles to help them survive the first 1-2 months after release.
On 23 August Ingar moved 21km west to roost on the shore of Caragh Lake near Glenbeigh. Over the next two days he roosted between Caragh Lake and Beaufort before returning to Killarney NP on 26 August.
Ingar is named after 4 year old Ingar Ramvik, grandson of Livar Ramvik who collected the bird. Livar lives in Snillfjord and has been monitoring sea eagles in the area for many years. Livar has been a great contributor to the collection of sea eagles for the Irish reintroduction programme over the last 5 years. We will be watching the movements of Ingar closely over the next few years so check out our website for the latest satellite data!