Not sure if this is a Golden Eagle or White Tailed Sea Eagle juvenile. Any help appreciated.
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There is not much to go on except jizz, but I think you can just see the bare right leg on the standing bird that clinches it as a Sea Eagle (Goldie has feathered legs). A young Goldie would have a lot of white on the wing. The flying bird appears to have a long tail - too long even for a young Sea Eagle - but was it carrying prey?
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Clearly cant be a full adult, sub-adult Goldie would have white at the base of the primaries,and tail, Sea Eagle adult a white tail. The bill looks big enough in comparison to the head and the jizz isn't Golden Eagle for me. Not sure if the tail length issue is more to do with the photo. On the down side it doesn't look a very bulky bird, I would expect Sea Eagle to be much more chesty. Also given it's an east coast bird and assuming its local (Scotland) I wonder why it doesn't have wing tags. However I would go for Sea-eagle, at least untill I'm told I'm wrong.
It is a west coast location (NG) - not far from a well-known haunt of young Sea Eagles. I don't know if all chicks have been wing-tagged over this side.
So it is Murdo, sorry, you'd think I would know east from west by now!
Lat/Lng: 57.8, -5.5
OS grid ref: NG9791