U.K.’s Largest Bird of Prey Returns to English Skies for First Time in 240 Years

Source: Newsweek »

The white-tailed eagle, the largest bird of prey seen in the U.K., has been seen in flight in England for the first time in over two centuries.

A small number of eagles were taken from Scotland, where they had already been reintroduced into the environment, by the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation and Forestry England and placed on the Isle of Wight. They have since been seen in Norfolk, Kent and Somerset.

It has a wingspan of up to 2.5 meters (8 feet 2 inches) and has not been seen in England since 1780.

The hopes are that the bird, which has a white-feathered tail, pale head and yellow bill, will come to breed on the Isle of Wight and rebuild the population of the species…

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