Odin found in Deeside

Reunited: Les Gibson with Odin
Reunited: Les Gibson with Odin

A tourist breathed a sigh of relief this week after eagle-eyed estate workers found his beloved pet who had vanished during a trip to Glen Muick.

Les Gibson, from County Durham, was flying Odin, a young Golden Eagle, on the Glen Muick estate in Royal Deeside when the raptor vanished into the air.

The keen falconer launched an appeal to help find Odin and he was spotted eating a rabbit by gamekeepers in Angus, who helped reunite the pair.

Mr Gibson said he had begun thinking he would never see Odin again but managed to track the eagle for a while using transmitters on his tail.

With inclemet weather these had become waterlogged.

Gamekeepers at Millden Estate had seen appeals to find Odin on social media when they spotted an eagle which had leather straps, or jesses, sitting on a meal of fresh rabbit.

Head gamekeeper Mark Palmer then got in touch with Mr Gibson.

Mr Palmer said: “Les came up, stayed over locally on the Friday night and we went out onto the moor to have a look on Saturday. We went out onto the top of the hill and saw a good sheltered bit where an eagle would look to find prey.

“We started looking around and there he was, about 200 yards away.

“Les was ecstatic. He had been through so much worry. We were just glad we could help out.”

Using a lure of hare, Mr Gibson managed to coax Odin back to him.

Mr Gibson said. “I didn’t sleep a wink after he went missing.