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‘Extinct’ White-tailed Eagle Returns To The UK For The First Time In 200 Years

Human activity has been severely curtailed across the planet, yet wildlife looks to be doing better than ever. Nature seems to be reclaiming some of its lost territory over the past few months. Wild animals are taking over the world’s biggest cities, which now appear uninhabited. No matter where you look, wild animals seem to be having a good time during lockdown, whether it’s in Yosemite National Park’s bears or Wales’ mountain goats or South Africa’s gorgeous lions.

For the first time in almost two centuries, a supposedly extinct bird has been observed flying over England. Since its extinction in the 18th century, the white-tailed eagle has made a dramatic return to the United Kingdom. The white-tailed eagle, often known as the sea eagle, is the largest bird of prey on the peninsula, with a wingspan of nearly 8 feet.

It is, however, part of a conservation mission that the legendary bird’s comeback serves. White-tailed eagles were introduced to England last year thanks to the work of Forestry England and the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation. They were released to the Isle of Wight, where they can now roam free.

Birds have recently been sighted in large swaths of the country, according to GPS data. The latest reports suggest that the birds have adjusted well to their new environment, and their numbers are projected to increase in the coming years. People are urged to report any sightings of the birds, since this will assist the foundation better comprehend the project’s development.

More than a dozen sightings have been reported in the spring of 2020 that are linked to birds that were recently released on the Isle of Wight, the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation said. After two years of exploration, they return to their original habitat for mating and raising their young. Even if you live in an area where there is a good chance you will encounter one, it is best to stay inside and be safe.”

h/t: roydennis | ladbible

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