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The Scottish SPCA says an injured sea eagle it was called out to rescue on Lewis recently may have collided with a wind turbine on the island.
Scotland’s animal welfare charity was alerted to the injured eagle, also known as a white-tailed eagle and which is the largest bird of prey in the UK, on August 10 at around 6.20pm.
Scottish SPCA auxiliary inspector Maggie Adkins said on arriving at the moorland site, it was clear the eagle had a serious head injury and was also being eaten alive by midges.
‘It was found in a remote part of the island close to a large wind turbine so this is likely to have been the cause of its injuries,’ she added.
‘I immediately took the bird to the Old Mill Vet Practice, where it was given pain relief and medication.
‘After an x-ray, thankfully no breakages were found but the bird had severe bruising to the body as well as head trauma.
‘As the eagle had an RSPB leg ring and tracker attached to its body, I contacted the local RSPB representative, Robin Reid. He was able to confirm that the bird had been born in June 2009 here on the island.
‘It was fascinating to be able to get in touch with the RSPB and find out more about this beautiful bird’s background.’
At present, the eagle is healing from its injuries and eating well. The Scottish SPCA hopes it will soon be recovered enough to be released back in to the wild.
Mr Reid said: ‘The population of white-tailed eagles on the Isle of Lewis has been increasing in recent years following their successful re-introduction to Scotland.
‘However, it is concerning that this injured bird has been found close to a wind farm. We know the species is susceptible to collisions with wind turbines and we are concerned about the impact of further proposed wind farms in the area.’
If anyone spots an injured, sick or distressed animal they should call the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.
The sea eagle had a serious head injury when it ws found on moorland on Lewis.
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