Our top predators will struggle to catch a meal, though they may be able to scavenge on carrion if other animals don't make it. However, one of our eagle chicks lost the battle for survival late in the autumn before the snow was upon us.
This particular chick had been tagged and had a satellite tracker on it, as it was hoped to follow its movements as part of the Cairngorms National Park Raptor Track project (www.raptortrack.org). Somebody noticed that it hadn't been moving for a while - definitely a bad sign. One of the rangers went to find it with staff from the RSPB, which was easier than it might have been because its satellite tracker was still working. The chick was definitely dead but otherwise looked in reasonable condition. In fact, it was amazing to see such a powerful bird up so close, and because it was so young it still looked very pristine.
|Juvenile golden eagle found among scree|
|The talons and beak of a golden eagle are amazing|