Thursday, January 24, 2008

Golden Eagle Chick

Here it is, a pic of the first golden eagle born in Donegal in over a hundred years! And the first sign of real success for the Golden Eagle Reintroduction Project in Ireland: http://www.goldeneagle.ie/. The golden eagle was hunted to extinction in the 19th century. Apparently they were bred for a time in the 1950s, then disappeared again. This project, now 7 years old, has been bringing young golden eagles from Scotland to live and breed on the great cliffs of the Donegal coast. I've named the project as the environmental group which will receive prize money from the Green Earth Book Award. (See my Book Blog for more details.) This little dote was born in December 2007. Here's hoping more chicks will be born in 2008. (Photo: Lorcan O'Toole)

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