NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Rescued sea eagle released back into wild

Sea eagle [Pic: Ruth McKee]
Image caption The sea eagle was rescued at a remote cove near Pennan

A sea eagle rescued on the Aberdeenshire coast has been released back into the wild.

The eagle was rescued after RSPB Scotland were called to reports of an injured bird at a remote cove near Pennan.

The bird was due to be released at the RSPB's Loch of Strathbeg reserve, near Fraserburgh, last month but it failed to fly.

The eagle has now been released in Fife.

The bird was identified as a young male released in Ireland as part of a reintroduction project in 2010.

The distressed eagle was first spotted by a sea kayaker and the alarm was raised.

RSPB Scotland moved in to help, with help from Banff-based business North 58˚ Sea Adventures.

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