In recent years Garnish Island has found itself home to a pair of the once extinct white tailed eagle. In 2016 they gave birth to one of only six Irish born chicks in the country. The chick named Eddie the Eagle has become quite famous featuring in many national news publications, he successfully fledged the nest at the end of 2016, which is very promising for the reintroduction of white tailed eagles across Ireland.
On the ferry trip out to Garnish Island, you have a good chance of spotting these majestic and rare birds. They nest on a tree on the perimeter of the Island in Glengarriff allowing for a great view of them from the water. If you are lucky you may even catch them in flight, observing their broad wingspan of up to 8 feet is a sight not to be missed.
According to an expert of the subject Clare Heardman “Eddie finally made history as the first wild born-eagle to hatch and fly in county Cork in over 100 years. He is also a huge attraction for tourists visiting Garnish”
Eddie’s parents are expected to have a chick every year for the rest of their life, they can reach ages of up to 25-30 years. This is exciting news for the wildlife in the area, particularly Garnish Island and Glengarriff.
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