Eagles Nesting In Record Numbers - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Eagles Nesting In Record Numbers

Published June 1, 2015

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Arturo de Frias Marques/Wikimedia Commons

Not even colder temperatures are enough to deter white-tailed eagles from nesting in record numbers around Iceland.

The Icelandic Institute of Natural History reports that 51 eagle pairs have been spotted nesting around Iceland, breaking last year’s record, which was itself a record year for eagles in Iceland.

Not that all is smooth sailing for them – young eagles are now hatching, and their parents will be having a difficult time facing cold, fierce winds that blow around the rocky outcrops where eagles like to nest. The young are also just as vulnerable to any of the dangers they normally face, which can include predators or very low temperatures by night.

The population boom might partly explain why at least one eagle was spotted in the capital area, where they seldom make an appearance.

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