Good news: There are now ten white-tailed eagles in the Oslofjord area

Sea eaglePhoto: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB

Not since the 1880s have there been more white-tailed eagles in the Oslo Fjord area.

Researchers have registered four young and six adult white-tailed eagles in the Oslo Fjord area, the newspaper Aftenposten writes.

The white-tailed eagle returned to the Oslo Fjord in 2008 when a couple established itself on Håøya by Drøbaksundet. The white-tailed eagle had been gone from the area since the last known pair was shot in 1882.

In 2008, researchers thought the population would pick up fairly quickly. However, it took quite a few years.

Recently, a white-tailed eagle has established a nest in Østfold.

“This is something we have been waiting for for decades, so now it should finally happen,” biologist Jan Ingar Båtvik said about the news.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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2 Comments on "Good news: There are now ten white-tailed eagles in the Oslofjord area"

  1. My dad, kid brother, two uncles, and brother in law came up to Juneau in 1976, on the Great Alaska Coatney Fishing Expedition. A friend – Gary, husband of a colleague in the Alaska State Library – just loaned us his 25-foot/8-metre Bayliner cabin cruiser, and we went down the coast to Doty Cove, which is on the east side of (big) brown bear inhabited Admiralty Island.

    As we fished back and forth we looked up and saw HUNDREDS of bald eagles – America’s national emblem bird – a “close cousin” of the white-tailed eagle – weighing down the branches of the cedars lining the shore, taking their turns to fish as well.

    Farther into the cove, we saw a (huge) humpback whale and her calf surfacing, submerging, and blowing, and I began to wonder if she might start feeling trapped and what she could do to our comparatively little boat.

    American moose are significantly larger (and more dangerously unpredictable) than Norwegian moose/elg, while Norway’s white-tailed eagle is larger than our bald eagle.

    TreeHugger has a short article “5 Birds That Could Steal Your Toddler.” Only the last-listed African crowned eagle is considered a threat in that regard, but I think I remember mentioning here me over in the States being absolutely apoplectic, when my Dovrefjell farmgirl second wife told me she and her mom were letting our first-born little son nap outside in a stroller, as rural folks there (in golden eagle territory) traditionally have.

    To an eagle’s eye, I would think that would look like free meat below, for the having. Have there ever been “infant disappearances” from strollers left outside?

  2. Fantastic news , hopefully the increase will continue ! With the decline of so many species it’s great to get some good news !

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