Name the Glengarriff white-tailed eagle chick!
Having been watched by thousands of people on our live EagleCam for 11 weeks, the Glengarriff white-tailed eagle chick fledged a month ago – and we are now looking for YOU to name her!
The eagle chick is doing well and flying confidently, recently making her first trip to the mainland – her longest flight yet of around 2km.
The chick’s mother was one of 100 chicks brought from Norway between 2007 and 2011 as part of a white-tailed eagle reintroduction project managed by Dr Allan Mee. Her chick is the first female eagle to fledge in Co Cork in over 100 years.
Her story is all the more remarkable because she was raised by an inexperienced single female eagle (Black P) after dad disappeared when she was just over two weeks old. The chick would not have survived without the help of NPWS who provided supplementary food with the assistance of local fishermen, ferrymen and Fota Wildlife Park. NPWS is eternally grateful to them for their support.
Over the next few weeks the young eagle will gradually become independent and will sadly leave Glengarriff. However, she is satellite tagged so we will be able to follow her travels closely over the coming months and years!
Now that she’s safely fledged and can fly strongly, the time has come to name her.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service is inviting the public to suggest names for this remarkable bird, who weighed in at a whopping 6.8kg when she was tagged.
To enter the naming competition just suggest a name in the comments section of this Facebook post and we will pick a winner on August 14th.
Photos (NPWS): from a recently hatched fluff-ball to a stately young eagle two weeks after fledging.