THE recent visitor to Lyme Regis under the ‘Scare off a seagull’ banner was a falconer with his magnificent bald eagle and it reminded me of George Hedges and his massive white tailed fish eagle called Evie.
While a bald eagle could take down a seagull, it looks like Evie could take on a helicopter. She truly is a massive bird, shown to be so with George nestling under her massive wing.
Although her diet is almost all fish you just wouldn’t want to be on the sharp end of those talons.
Unfortunately, birds of prey, intermittently static or flying on Lyme’s seafront, will not stop the gulls from nesting or stealing food from unsuspecting people. I would love to see the birds of prey display every week, great for adults and kids alike to see these birds up-close.
Bald eagles catch and eat pink flamingo – that’s mother nature at work, killing it slowly as the eagle rips it to pieces. Imagine a bald eagle catching a seagull on Lyme seafront, killing and eating it as people walk by licking their ice creams.
According to Wild Scotland, the eagle is also known as the sea-eagle. The white-tailed eagle is the largest bird of prey in the UK and the fourth largest eagle in the world. Its wingspan can be almost 2.5 metres in length, standing at a height of almost a metre.
Hunted to extinction in the 1800s, the sea-eagle was successfully reintroduced to the west coast of Scotland in the 1970s and 1990s and to the east coast in 2007. Breeding pairs are now found on the Isle of Skye, Rum, Mull and several sites on the west coast.
Other than by its size, the white-tailed eagle are identifiable by a pale head, white, wedge-shaped tail and broad rectangular wings. Sea eagles are scavengers but will also hunt for fish, rabbits and seabirds.