‘Extinct’ white-tailed eagle returns to the UK for the first time in 200 years

With the whole world in the lockdown and the human activities massively reduced, the wildlife appears to thrive more than ever. In the last couple of months nature seemed to claim back what belongs to it. As the world’s major cities look deserted, wild animals are taking over. Whether it’s the wild bears in Yosemite National Park, mountain goats in Wales, sea creatures in Venice or majestic lions in South Africa, wild animals seem to enjoy the life during the lockdown.

Speaking of wildlife thriving, an ‘extinct’ bird has recently been spotted on the English skies, for the firs time in over two centuries. The majestic white-tailed eagle have return to the UK, after its disappearing back in 18th century. Also know as the sea eagle, the white-tailed eagle has a wingspan of over 8 feet, making it the largest bird of play in the peninsula.

However, the legendary bird’s return is actually part of conservation project. Thanks to the efforts of the Forestry England and the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation, a group of white-tailed eagles have been introduced in England last year. The massive birds have been released on the Isle of Wight.

Recently, GPS data show the sight of the birds onto many areas across the country. The news confirm the birds have adapted well and it is expected for their numbers to grow in the next years. The Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation appeals to the population to announce any sight of the birds, as any information could help them to better understand the progress of the project.

“There have been a large number of sightings in spring 2020 which relate to birds released on the Isle of Wight,” the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation told the Mirror. “They are known to explore widely in their first two years before returning to their natural area to breed. There’s a chance of seeing one wherever you live so keep looking up, but please stay home and stay safe.”

h/t: roydennis | ladbible

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