Springwatch eagle Itchy located after six years

Itchy the white-tailed eagle Itchy and his brother were featured as chicks in the first series of the nature programme Springwatch

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A white-tailed eagle featured on BBC Two's Springwatch programme in 2005 has been discovered breeding in the west of Scotland.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Scotland had made a nationwide appeal to find the bird.

Since fledging from their nest in July 2005, there have been occasional sightings the eagle and his brother.

After years of searching one of the birds, named Itchy, has now been found breeding with an untagged adult female.

He and his brother Scratchy were featured as chicks in the first series of the nature programme Springwatch.

Secret location

Dave Sexton, RSPB Scotland's Mull officer, added: "This is the breakthrough we've been waiting for.

"A local boatman alerted us to Itchy's secret west coast location after spotting a wing-tagged white-tailed eagle.

"I'm thrilled and relieved to know that he is doing so well and is now a dad himself.

"He and his mystery mate have successfully raised one chick and the hope is that they will now continue contributing to Scotland's growing white-tailed eagle population.

"Meanwhile, the search for his brother Scratchy continues and we would urge anyone who spots an adult white-tailed eagle with an 'S' on a red wing-tag to give us a call."

White-tailed eagles, the largest birds of prey in Britain, can take up to five years to mature.

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