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Record Number of Eagle Chicks in Iceland

A total of 36 eagle chicks survived after this summer’s nesting season—a higher number than ever seen before. The Icelandic eagle stock now counts 65 couples. Nesting proved successful among 45 of these couples, while 19 were unsuccessful, including the couple that was monitored with a webcam by the Eagle Center.

“It has been a very good year,” Jón Gunnar Ottósson, director of the Icelandic Institute of Natural History (NÍ), told Fréttabladid.

One of the reasons is that people are becoming more aware of the necessity of protecting the eagle stock and careful about not causing any damage to it. “We watch over the eagle stock every year and monitor the nesting closely,” Ottósson said.

The nesting area now stretches from Faxaflói bay in west Iceland towards Húnaflói bay in the north. Eagles used to nest all around the country when the stock counted two or three times more birds than it currently does.

The number of eagles dropped significantly due to a poisoning campaign in the 19th century and the eagle stock reached a low point with 20 couples in 1960. Measures have since been taken to protect the eagle stock.

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