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Displaying items by tag: Biography
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 00:00

WTE Aoibheall

Aoibheall was hatched and reared in the wild in Ireland at a nest near Mountshannon in east Clare in 2014, only the third White-tailed Sea Eagle to fly from a nest in Ireland since the reintroduction programme began. Aoibheall is a young female, the only chick in her brood in 2014, and carries the number 2 on her wing tag (orange tag on the left and purple tag on right wing). She flew from the nest on 26 July at over 12 weeks old and over the next few months remained in the area of her nest site where she has been attended to and fed by her parents: 2008 red tag male Caimin and 2009 green tag female Saoirse. Caimin and Saoirse also nested in 2012 and 2013, rearing two chicks successfully in 2013. Both Caimin and Saoirse were hatched in nests on the island of Frøya, Norway, and were collected under licence and released in Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry.

According to folklore Aoibheall was a legendary Bean Sí (fairy woman) from East Clare who appeared to the High King Brian Ború on the eve of the Battle of Clontarf. Here is what the Clare Library website has to say about her:

"According to the author of the Cogaidh Gaeil re Gaill a supernatural female, Aoibheall of Craglea, near Killaloe, the legendary patroness or Badhb of the Dal Cais appeared to Brian Boru in his tent on the eve of the Battle of Clontarf to forewarn him of his death on the following day. Sean Mac Craith, the fifteenth-century chronicler of the wars of Turlough O'Brien, refers to another female - a washer of blood-stained clothes - who appeared at the most turbulent and life-threatening times in the life of his hero. Thomas Westropp found that belief in this tradition was still extant until well into the present century. A local legend in the Dysert area told how Aoibheall and twenty-five banshees washed blood-stained clothes in Rath Lake on the eve of the famous battle in 1318 at which Richard De Clare was killed, and that they still do so in times of crisis."

Aoibheall the White-tailed Sea Eagle can be followed on our website and on Facebook (Golden Eagle Trust). She carries a satellite transmitter that we hope will be able to track her movements over the next few years, hopefully right up to the time she herself starts to nest in the wild!

Because locations such as roosting and future nesting sites are sensitive to disturbance by humans we will be showing her general (daytime) movements only. Her satellite transmitter is solar powered so although we receive multiple GPS locations in summer, by mid-winter this is down to only two locations as the unit is programmed to do this to save battery power.

Slán agus beannacht leat a Aoibheall, go neirí an spéir leatJ

Published in Tagged birds
Monday, 11 November 2013 22:43

GE 60877

GE 60877 is a female Golden Eagle chick reared in County Donegal in 2011. More content to follow.

Published in Tagged birds
Monday, 11 November 2013 22:42

GE 60876

GE 60876 is a Male Golden Eagle chick reared in County Donegal in 2010. More content to follow.

Published in Tagged birds
Monday, 09 September 2013 22:04

WTE Eddie

Male Eddie text here - coming soon !

Published in Tagged birds
Friday, 09 September 2011 22:27

RK female @

Female @ was collected at 1302pm on the second day of our collection trip in Wales, the 7th June 2011, from a huge Oak tree in an area called Llanboidy in Powys by Tony Cross, from the Welsh Kite Trust. Tony expertly climbed the tree and found two chicks and an unhatched egg.

Female @ was the smaller of the two chicks on this occasion and her sibling was ringed and wing-tagged (Black 12) by Tony at the nest. Female @ was lowered carefully to the ground team; Marc Ruddock, Douglas Ruddock (my dad!) and my good friend George Henderson. The wood was unforgettable and was covered in blue-bells which in June just formed a slippery mat of green which we all slipped and slid along on our way towards and again back from the nest. I nearly fell over onto my face at least once, much to the amusement of the others!

Female @ weighed 795g when we collected her in June and a massive 1060g when we ringed and tagged her on the 22nd July 2011. Female @ was fitted with a 12g solar powered satellite transmitter by Brian Etheridge, who is the raptor monitoring officer in Scotland; Brian also manages the Northern Scotland Red Kite project on the Black Isle for RSPB Scotland.

Female @ was released along with the other 25 kites from the Newbridge cages on the 26th July and was seen regularly around the release site for the first few weeks. Some of the photographers got some great photos of her shortly after release.


Female @ with Brian Etheridge. Image (c) Marc Ruddock
Female @ Newbridge Demense. Image (c) Stephen Lawlor
Published in Tagged birds
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 23:57

WTE Zanzi

Female K (Zanzi) hatched in late April on an island in the Flatanger region c125 kilometres north of Trondheim in west central Norway. Zanzi was collected on 19 June from a nest in a Norway Spruce by Torgeir Nygard, Ole Martin Dahle and Allan Mee. Ole Martin had monitored this nest during the breeding season while leading sea eagle safari trips from his base in Lauvsnes. Zanzi was transferred to 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 Zanzi weighed 5.15 kilos and was estimated to be 8 weeks old based on her tail length.

On 25 June Zanzi 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 K 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 9 August Zanzi was released along with nine other eaglets, roosting on her first night on the west shore of Lough Leane. Over the next few days she moved over a short distance along the shore of Lough Leane where she soon found one of the feeding sites provided for the young eagles to help them survive the first 1-2 months after release.

Zanzi is named after the Zanzibar Inn, our 'home from home' while based in Lauvsnes, Flatanger! Ole Martin Dahle runs a very successful ecotourism business in Lauvsnes providing superb opportunities for photographers and nature lovers to get exciting views of sea eagles, as well as golden eagles, capercallie and many more bird and mammal species (Norway-nature.com). Ole Matin has been a good friend and contributor to the collection of sea eagles for the Irish reintroduction programme over the last 5 years. We will be watching the movements of Zanzi closely over the next few years so check out our website for the latest satellite data!

Published in Tagged birds
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 23:56

WTE Ingar

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!

Published in Tagged birds
Thursday, 14 October 2010 19:21

Spéir is a Male Golden Eagle chick reared in County Donegal in 2010. Spéir was the younger of two male chicks in the nest. There were only three Irish Golden Eagle Chicks reared in 2010.

It was reared by an adult female that only four years of age and was collected from the Mountains east of Loch Ness in 2007. the adult male was five years of age. In 2006 it was collected from the uists, in the Western Isles.

This pair had formed at a very young age, in the summer of 2007, when the female was only just over a year old and the male was only just past its second birthday (Just into its third year). They have been in the same area consistently since then.

In order to protect the nest site over the coming years, we can not disclose its location within the county. I remember the first time I saw spéir. I was using a rope to abseil half way down a cliff into the eyrie, hoping to see a single healthy chick. When I saw two chicks in the nest, I found it difficult to control my abseil ? I was so excited and elated to see two well feathered eagle chicks in an Irish nest. Unlike the Glenveagh eyrie, there was no active management support for this pair.

Spéir and its sibling were fed rabbits, Fulmars, Hares and a Grouse and for a first time breeding attempt to rear two chicks is very encouraging from the project?s point of view. The nearby farmers are very supportive of their local eagles and deserve enormous credit.
Spéir left the nest in mid July and spent its first few weeks near the eyrie. Its older sibling began to wander away from the nest more quickly. But now Spéir has begun its own new roving adventure!

"Spéir" is the Gaelic word for "Sky" and we hope our Skies can once again carry soaring Irish Eagles !

Published in Tagged birds
Thursday, 26 August 2010 18:50

WTE Lochlann

Male 3dot (Lochlann) hatched in mid-April on the island of Leka c190 kilometres north of the city of Trondheim in west central Norway. Lochlann was collected from a nest on a steep 20m cliff only accessible by rope on Leka by ornithologist Steiner Garstad on 18 June and temporarily housed at our holding site in a converted barn in Stjørdal only five minutes from Vaernes airport where it was cared for by Tom Roger Østeras. On 24 June Lochlann weighed 4.5 kilos and was estimated to be 10 weeks old.

On 26 June Lochlann was flown from Trondheim to Kerry along with 21 other eaglets and was housed in a large cage in Killarney National Park with another Hitra female. On 31 July we attached PVC wing-tags (white on right and sky blue on left) with the symbol 3dot 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 Lochlann was released along with eight other eaglets. 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.

The name Lochlainn is Viking in origin ('place of the lakes') and the name Lochlannach was given to the Vikings and their descendents that remained and/or married with the native Irish after they were defeated at the battle of Clontarf (1014). As he came from a nest in the fjords of Norway and was released near the Lakes of Killarney, Lochlann seems an appropriate name! For some more history on the origin of the Lochlannach check out this webpage www.ucc.ie/chronicon/ocorr2.htm where Donnchadh Ó'Corráin argues that the word describes the Viking Scotland and not in fact Norway.

Whatever the origin you can follow the movements of Lochlann (the eagle) on this website whether he stays in Kerry or visits other parts of Ireland or even Scotland as other White-tailed Sea Eagles have done!

Published in Tagged birds
Thursday, 26 August 2010 18:50

Male S (Seán) hatched in mid-April on the island of Hitra c80 kilometres west of Trondheim in west central Norway. Seán was collected from a nest in a large pine tree on Hitra by ornithologists Martin Pearson, Inge Dahlø and Torgeir Nygård on 20 June and temporarily housed at our holding site in a converted barn in Stjørdal only five minutes from Vaernes airport where it was cared for by Tom Roger Østeras. On 24 June Seán weighed 3.9 kilos and was estimated to be 10 weeks old.

On 26 June Seán was flown from Trondheim to Kerry along with 21 other eaglets and was housed in a large cage in Killarney National Park with another Hitra female. On 31 July we attached PVC wing-tags (white on right and sky blue on left) with the letter S 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 Seán was released along with eight other eaglets. His first flight was captured by Killarney photographer Valerie O'Sullivan (see photo). 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.

Seán is named after 13 year old Seán O'Callaghan from Beaufort near Killarney. Seán attends St. Brendan's Secondary School in Killarney and has a long interest in the local eagles. Thanks to the suggestion by Seán, the local Killarney Lions Athletic Club raised 1,000 euro for the Golden Eagle Trust as part of the Triathlon held in Killarney National Park in June 2010.

So far Sean (the eagle) hasn't moved away from Killarney. You can keep a close eye on his movements by checking out this website.

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