There have been several recent sightings of white tailed sea eagles over Loch Fyne.
The species is being serially reintroduced to Scotland, first on the Isle of Rum in 1975, with a resident population now in the Argyll Isle of Mull and bringing substantial economic benefit to the island in visitors coming to the RSPB Scotland and Mull EagleWatch hides there at Glen Seilisdeir.
Back towards the end of September a pair of sea eagles were seen off Minard Bay in Loch Fyne, worrying a gull they had attacked and subject to repeated – failed – dive bomb attacks by a collective of hoodie crows and gulls trying to drive them off.
In this instance they were seen, after disabling the gull, to return repeatedly to hold it under the water to drown it. They flew off leaving the dead gull on the water – which sems strange since one would have expected them to carry off the carcase – or the living bird.
Then earlier this week a single sea eagle was seen in the same area, coasting in the thermals over the water.
A pair of sea eagles – they mate for life – is known to be nesting on the Isle of Jura so these nay have been visits from that direction rather than evidence of a pair taking up residence near Loch Fyne.
It would be good to hear of any continuing sightings.