An individual of foreign origin, who has been spotted under dubious circumstances in the vicinity of a sea eagle nest in Borgarfjördur, west Iceland, is suspected of being an egg poacher and is being searched for by the police. The sea eagle is an endangered species.
From Borgarfjördur. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
Suspicion arose when the man arrived to the country a few days ago and the police authorities received a warning that he was a possible egg poacher, Morgunbladid reports.
On Sunday a birdwatcher ran into the alleged poacher, who had a boat, waders and other equipment that could be used for egg collecting.
The bird watcher talked to the man and then informed the police of his whereabouts. But when police arrived at the scene, the man was gone, although he has not left the country.
It is unclear whether the man managed to steal any eggs—if that was his intention. The eagle is still nesting but egg poachers are known to plant fake eggs to fool the mother.
It is not considered wise to disturb the eagle during this sensitive period, so only time will tell whether there will be any hatchlings from its nest this year.