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Dismay as one of Mull’s famous sea eagle chicks dies

Mull Eagle Watch reported today that the male sea eagle chick from the public viewing hide at Loch Frisa on the island has been found dead. It was one of two chicks this year at the famous nest site; the other chick, a female, has recently fledged successfully and can still be seen nearby along with the parent eagles, Frisa and Skye, stars of numerous TV programmes including Springwatch and Autumnwatch.

Although an exact cause of death has yet to be determined by post mortem, it looks likely that the first chick fell from the nest when part of it collapsed and died shortly after. RSPB’s Mull Officer Dave Sexton said: “Although we all hoped the male chick had just fledged early, it never felt right. Sadly, we couldn’t go in any closer to check as it could have caused the second chick to jump before she was ready, so we had to let nature take its course. Nature can be very cruel at times and it’s a real blow for everyone involved in the project. But the female chick is doing well and Frisa and Skye are looking after her so visitors to the hide will still get to see these amazing birds”.

The Eagle Hide on Mull is having its busiest season for many years and will remain open all summer. Income raised at the hide (£10,000 in 2008) is dispersed to local good causes by the Mull & Iona Community Trust.

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