A sea eagle pair in Deeside have successfully fledged two chicks on a sporting estate – this is the first successful sea eagle breeding in the region in about 200 years.
Mar Estate, where the birds are nesting, is managed principally for deer and grouse.
Mark Nicolson, a proprietor of Mar Estate, said: “We are delighted to have successful breeding of sea eagles on the estate. Sea eagles have been present for several years, mainly providing spectacular aerial battles with our long resident golden eagles. Our hopes that they might settle and breed have been realised, and we look forward to their return next year. After some local input, we have named the young fledglings Victoria and Albert.”
The East Cairngorms Moorland Partnership includes six sporting estates (all members of Scottish Land & Estates) and the RSPB, the Cairngorms National Park Authority and the National Trust for Scotland.
There are an estimated 130 pairs of sea eagles in Scotland.
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