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Sunday, 13 September 2015 23:23

Cealtra explores Lough Derg

Cealtra explores Lough Derg Cealtra explores Lough Derg (c) Golden Eagle Trust

Since fledging in mid July, Cealtra, the 2015 young female White-tailed Sea Eagle has been gradually finding her wings. As you probably know she is one of 4 sea eagle chicks fledged this year from nests in the wild in Clare, Kerry and Galway (sadly a 5th hatched at Glengarriff in west Cork didn’t make it). All 4 chicks are now flying about and gaining much needed experience of their environment while still, in most cases, being pretty much dependent on their parents for food. The last fledged chick (in south Kerry) has yet to leave the nest area, happily hanging out in the beautiful glen she hatched in while her parents return every now and then with food.

Cealtra, our only satellite tagged sea eagle chick from Mountshannon, Co. Clare, has been steadily exploring within a few kilometres of her nest on Lough Derg, initially travelling a few km east along the shore of the lake but recently flying some 5km to the Tipperary side and back. Apart from the nest island she has been roosting on some of the other islands nearby and even visited Inis Cealtra (Holy Island).....well she had to didn't she! Over the last couple of weeks she has put in fleeting appearances to the nest island in Mountshannon bay so today (13/9) the Bird Information & Viewing Point on the pier in Mountshannon was closed for the winter.....hard to believe it’s that time of year already....

Over the coming months look out for updates on Cealtra's progress as she explores more and more of Lough Derg, and wherever the fancy takes her. 

Last modified on Sunday, 13 September 2015 23:46