Eagle Protecting Highway, Stalking Road Workers - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Eagle Protecting Highway, Stalking Road Workers

Published June 21, 2014

An eagle in the Westfjords has taken to protecting a strip of road and stalking road workers

An eagle in the Westfjords has taken to protecting a strip of road and stalking road workers

An eagle in the Westfjords has taken to protecting a strip of highway and stalking road workers, reports Vísir.

The eagle in question built a nest with his mate on a rock roughly 250 metres from the road. As a rule it is advised that people not go any closer than 500 metres to an eagle’s nest so as not to provoke their protective instincts.

“Of course he is a wonder to behold,” said park ranger Dagný Bryndís Sigurjónsdóttir. “But it could get uncomfortable if people get too close to him.” 

According to The Icelandic Institute of Natural History there are 48 eagle couples in Iceland this year though it is too early to estimate how many fledglings have hatched so far.

“He seems attracted to people,” Dagný Bryndís said of the eagle. “When road workers came to this stretch to work he inched closer to them rather than the other way around and seemed most comfortable in their proximity.”

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