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Rare bird of prey numbers soaring
Sea eagle chick (Pic: Iain Erskine)
White-tailed sea eagle chicks have been doing particularly well
Scotland's sea eagle population has enjoyed a record-breaking year with 29 young birds fledging from nests, RSPB Scotland has revealed.

Ten chicks were raised on the Isle of Mull and a pair on the Isle of Skye hatched three.

RSPB Scotland said the third Skye chick died, but the remaining two fledged fit and healthy.

White-tailed sea eagles settled on Mull and Skye soon after their initial reintroduction to Rum in 1975.

Skye and Mull are home to almost two-thirds of the Scottish sea eagle population of 33 breeding pairs.

Mull's birds are to feature in a forthcoming BBC television series Saving Planet Earth and Nature's Calendar.

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