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Eagle's rare visit to east coast
White-tailed sea eagle [Pic: RSPB images]
The white-tailed sea eagle has an "enormous" wingspan
A rare visitor to Scotland's east coast has turned up at the RSPB Loch of Strathbeg reserve.

The white-tailed sea-eagle, first spotted on Wednesday at the reserve between Peterhead and Fraserburgh, is thought to be from Scandinavia.

The eagle - known affectionately as a flying barn door, due to its wingspan of up to 8ft - is believed to be Britain's biggest raptor.

RSPB Scotland said there were only a handful of such visits to the area.

Reserve manager Dominic Funnell told BBC Scotland: "The bird has probably come over from Scandinavia.

"They are very rare away from their known breeding colony on the west coast of Scotland.

"They are enormous."




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