White-tailed Eagle

Haförn – White-tailed Eagle – Haliaeetus albicilla (Juv)

This week we went on a tour around Snæfellsnes peninsula. Within a 30 km drive we saw five White-tailed Eagles, adults and young ones. Since these birds were one of the reasons for our trip we thought we were quite lucky when we at last spotted three of them on the second day. As we were driving over the mountain from the Northern side of the peninsula we saw three  birds gliding in the air directly in front of us and lowering their flight as they came nearer. What an amazing sight, – such majestic birds.

White-tailed Eagle, adult

White-tailed Eagles are more common in this area than in other parts of the country, their main breeding territory being around Breiðafjörður Fjord.  In total around 75 pairs breed in Iceland and two thirds of the population in the area around Breiðafjörður.
– More on the second sighting coming up soon.