Scotland’s White-Tailed Eagles Soar to New Heights

2011 has proved another record breaking year for breeding pairs of Scotland’s largest bird of prey. White-tailed eagles soared to new heights despite heavy storms throughout the 2011 breeding season. Conservationists, and many sea eagle enthusiasts, had been concerned that the high winds felt across Scotland in May could have had a detrimental impact on […]

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Stamp Out Albatross Slaughter This Christmas

Help stamp out threats to albatrosses during the season of goodwill, that’s the festive plea from the RSPB, which is asking people to help raise funds to protect the threatened birds by saving up the stamps from their Christmas post. On the planet for 50 million years, albatrosses are the largest flying birds in the […]

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Strange Orange-Headed Birds Seen in Ireland

During the summer BirdWatch Ireland HQ received lots of phone calls and emails about strange birds with bright orange heads that have been visiting gardens around Ireland. They tend to flock with Starlings and House Sparrows and can be quite numerous in some areas, though they can’t be found in any field guides. Rather than […]

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Young Stoats Playing For Keeps

The manic games of young stoats (Mustela erminea) help them develop the killer skills they need to catch their prey. As rabbits are fast-moving, quick-turning, and ten times larger than the slim-lined stoats, the young kits must hone their skills early if they are to stand any chance of catching these relative giants.

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