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White-Tailed Eagles Multiply in Iceland

Iceland’s white-tailed eagles have had a remarkably successful breeding season, according to wildlife ecologist Kristinn Haukur Skarphéðinsson, Head of Zoology at the Icelandic Institute of Natural History. The stock now numbers 82 pairs, of which 53 laid eggs during summer, producing 39 young, reports mbl.is.

“We found eight new pairs, which is a 10% increase in egg-laying pairs,” Kristinn remarked. “Five of them were definitely laying eggs for the first time. Never before have so many new pairs been found.”

Kristinn says it is clear the white-tailed eagle stock has grown significantly in recent decades. The development can be linked to the 1964 ban of a poison used for foxes, which was fatal to many eagles. The growth seen this summer was, however, unusually great. While the species tends to steer clear of humans, this year several eagle nests were found very close to farms, yet hidden so well they remained unnoticed by residents. White-tailed eagles were observed unusually calm and fearless near inhabited regions.

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