In 2013, the local newspaper Hitra-Frøya were labelling the white-tailed sea eagles from their Islands as “moviestars”. And with good reason. The reintroduction of Norwegian eagles in Ireland was well documented in Norwegian media. Also in Ireland the response was overwhelming. Not many, if any, locals from Frøya or Hitra will ever get this much fame or buzz.

The White-Tailes Sea Eagle in Norway

Go for a eagle safari at Hitra, Frøya and Roan! Photo: http://de.andrebessaker.com/

Go for a eagle safari at Hitra, Frøya and Roan! Photo: http://de.andrebessaker.com/

With a population of around 3500 pairs, Norway has around 50% of the European population of white-tailed eagles. Most suitable territories along the coast are occupided, and the growing and healty population of Norwegian eagles were an important factor that justified the irish eagle-project at first.

Like other huge raptors the white-tailed sea eagle live long lives with a low reproduction rate. They rarely breed before the age of 5-6, and can live for up to 30 years.

Results from Ireland

Many of the young eagles from Hitra and Frøya died in their first years. By 2012 more than 20 of them were found dead. However, 2012 also brought some very good news: for the first time in more than 100 years the white-tailed eagle made an attempt to breed in Ireland. Since then the numbers of pairs have been growing, and in 2015 five pairs hatched chicks across the country. With good help by the eagles of Hitra and Frøya, Ireland might once again have a productive population of white-tailed sea eagles.

Experience the White-tailed sea eagle in Trøndelag

Ørn Bessaker. Photo: André Michel

Ørn Bessaker. Photo: André Michel

Few destinations that are better  than the coast of Sør-Trøndelag  when it comes to its density of white-tailed sea eagles. Some entreprenours like Mausundgløtt offers eagle-safari where vistors will have a close encounter with the eagles.

Even in the outskirts of the city Trondheim a few pairs are breeding. However, the best alternatives for experiencing this majestic bird are islands like Frøya, Hitra and the the costal areas of Fosen like Roan and Osen.