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AnneThracks - 03 Mar 2022 13:24:16 (#1 of 22)

"The golden eagle population in the south of Scotland has reached new heights, conservationists have said, with the highest number recorded in the area since the early 19th century.

Golden eagles were once almost extinct in the area but numbers are now thriving, with 33 of the birds recorded after a project to increase the population in the wild.

As part of the project to save the species, conservationists caught, transported and released seven young, free-flying golden eagles from the Outer Hebrides in a UK first."

Shadrack22 - 03 Mar 2022 13:42:42 (#2 of 22)

Any news of the elusive capercaillie?

AnneThracks - 03 Mar 2022 13:51:10 (#3 of 22)

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/capercaillie/

mingmong - 03 Mar 2022 13:53:28 (#4 of 22)

Scottish wildcats not doing so well, but efforts are being made to reverse that

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3W3yr8NopU

ReverendBlueJeans - 03 Mar 2022 13:56:15 (#5 of 22)

Capercaillies ain't elusive, and here speaks a man who's been attacked by one.

If the Galloway eagles are flourishing I suppose the hope is they'll recolonise the Lakes, which have been eagle-free for a few years.

Dubris - 05 Jun 2022 20:05:41 (#6 of 22)

May I ask what caused the capercaillie to attack you? And how did you defend yourself?

Tinymcsmithy - 05 Jun 2022 21:10:30 (#7 of 22)

His shocking taste in obscure amateur Scottish football clubs?

ReverendBlueJeans - 05 Jun 2022 21:11:53 (#8 of 22)

The one that attacked me was known locally for being territorial and aggressive. Meeting it was just bad luck.

What steps did I take? Very large ones.

FleurDuMal - 06 Jun 2022 13:09:02 (#9 of 22)

I wish someone had videoed that!

ReverendBlueJeans - 06 Jun 2022 13:21:46 (#10 of 22)

This isn't it, but...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDEw3pJlzVA

cozzer - 06 Jun 2022 13:34:11 (#11 of 22)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pHIByquQTM

browserbutton - 06 Jun 2022 15:25:12 (#12 of 22)

Golden Eagle: "Capercaillies are fine eating. In fact, I can eat two!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veWyrne2pKU

RosyLovelady - 06 Jun 2022 15:37:11 (#13 of 22)

#10

That funny clackety noise!

solomongursky - 06 Jun 2022 15:15:56 (#14 of 22)

Where I live there's a vulture with stomach acid so strong it dissolves bones in a day.

ReverendBlueJeans - 07 Jun 2022 21:07:46 (#15 of 22)

Are you a LotR character?

Beaky1 - 08 Jun 2022 20:52:17 (#16 of 22)

Most people are satisfied with a budgie.

RosyLovelady - 09 Jun 2022 08:18:03 (#17 of 22)

Filth.

GyratingTrampoline - 09 Jun 2022 11:34:13 (#18 of 22)

I like the pun in the header. "Soar to new heights". Because that's what eagles do.

thisonehasalittlehat - 09 Jun 2022 11:50:25 (#19 of 22)

I saw a programme that conjectured on the reality of dragons, once. It suggested they were like hot air balloons, flying through use of lighter than air gasses. That the fire breathing was to moderate lift. That their bulk was to accommodate the gas bladder. And that when they died, the acids that produced the gas dissolved all remains meaning there was no evidence for them outside folklore.

I think this is true. Maybe golden eagles are their descendants.

GyratingTrampoline - 09 Jun 2022 12:10:07 (#20 of 22)

I once saw a programme that also conjectured on the reality of dragons, but I don't remember the lighter-than-air thing. They visited some caves in Romania and found some smoke stains on the walls that they said were from ancient dragonfire. Could it have been the same program or are there more than one?

Somehow a lighter than air beast doesn't seem very frightening, presumably it would tend to go downwind most of the time like tumbleweed

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