The Mayfly hatch is early again this year but the weather generally is unseasonably cold and windy. As this is the peak fishing season the level of activity has increased on the lake. The birds are not bothered by fishermen in lake boats in the immediate vicinity of the nest site. The local fishing club has always been very supportive of the re- introduction programme and always treat the nest site with respect. The male and female generally fill defined roles with the male doing most of the hunting and the female doing most of the brooding, although they switch roles seamlessly. Both birds are spending long periods on the island. The female normally returns to the nest whenever it rains so that the chick is protected.
Female eagle (c)
Dr Allan Mee of the Golden Eagle Trust gave an update on the progress of the re-introduction project . The good news is that there are 14 established pairs at various locations and 7 confirmed nest sites, including Mountshannon. This is wonderful news and if everything goes well it will be a very significant milestone for the project.
There was a fantastic spectacle late in the evening of the 21st when the female flew from her perch and caught a fish in front of the island. The fish was big and eventually the male flew in to help the female pull the fish to the shore.
Nest with chick in it. (c)