High-flying opportunity to snap Golden Eagle

Eagle
Eagle

Photographers in Deeside are being urged soar high in their career by taking a picture of one of Scotland’s rarest birds of prey.

Snappers will get the rare opportunity to capture the golden eagle in its natural habitat following the launch of a new bird watching hide at Glen Tanar Estate.

The hide, which is operating under a license from Scottish Natural Heritage, has been set up overlooking a golden eagle nest.

The hide is set to launch mid-June, a few weeks after eggs in the nest have hatched, and will operate for only three weeks.

By the time photographers are allowed on site, the chicks will be big and hungry: adults will be constantly hunting and therefore are less likely to notice people entering the hide.

The adult birds will be unlikely to abandon their young because of the time they have invested in raising them.

Wildlife manager Colin McClean said: “We carried out a small-scale trial of the bird hide last year, and as a result of that we were content that it was possible to invite photographers to use the facility with no adverse impact on the golden eagles or their habitat.

He added: “We take our responsibility to safeguard the natural habitat of the glen and its wildlife very seriously and conservation is the primary concern in all wildlife tourism activities that we offer. We want people to be able to enjoy this truly magical place...“

Bookings are now being accepted and should be made by contacting robyn.mcperson@glentanar.co.uk or by calling 013398 86451.