A pair of sea eagles have successfully bred at an estate in the Cairngorms, Scotland, for the first time in 200 years.
It's thought that the incredible creatures — also know also white-tailed eagles — have not bred in this part of the Cairngorms since the early 1800s. While there have been plenty of sightings over the years, this is the first successful breeding attempt in a long time.
The eagles nested on Mar Lodge Estate nature reserve where they welcomed two fledglings, Victoria and Albert. Guided by local input, the beautiful birds are now settling into life on the estate.
Mark Nicolson, a proprietor of Mar Estate, told the BBC: "We are delighted to have successful breeding of sea eagles on the estate. Sea eagles have been present for several years, mainly providing spectacular aerial battles with our long-resident golden eagles.
"Our hopes that they might settle and breed have been realised, and we look forward to their return next year. After some local input, we have named the young fledglings Victoria and Albert."
Claire Smith, RSPB Senior Conservation Officer, added: "Despite their name, sea eagles are generalist birds that would once have been found breeding across Scotland.
"It is great to see the population increasing across the Park and we hope that a reduction in persecution will allow this to continue as there is a lots of suitable habitat for the birds to inhabit."
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