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Recently Fledged 'Eddie' the White Tailed Eagle, successful bred at Garnish Island, Glengariff, County Cork as part of the Reintroduction Programme. Both parents and chick have been thrilling local boatmen and tourists. Soon the pair will begin gearing up for the next breeding season. The 2016 Killarney chick, a female named ‘Danú’ named after the Celtic goddess or the nearby Paps of Danú, left her nest in mid-July, only began to venture away from the lakes of Killarney in late September. She returned to Killarney again and  headed west towards Waterville where she remains. Her satellite tracks show that she even spent the night next to another eagle nest in west Kerry that also produced a chick this year. .Photo:Valerie O'Sullivan/FREE PIC/ White Tailed Eagle Project/FREE PICThis year’s crop of six white-tailed sea eagle chicks have been spotted on the Aran Islands, south-west Kerry and east Galway.

The birds, which are part of a major reintroduction programme which started in Killarney, took flight for the first time in July are now strong fliers.

However, the final chick named “Eddie” has yet to leave his parents in Glengarriff who are continuing to feed him.

Organisers of the project say some of the chicks may not make it through their first winter but the signs are good as since 2013 all but one youngster, who was shot, survived.

Recently Fledged 'Eddie' the White Tailed Eagle, successful bred at Garnish Island, Glengariff, County Cork as part of the Reintroduction Programme. Both parents and chick have been thrilling local boatmen and tourists. Soon the pair will begin gearing up for the next breeding season. The 2016 Killarney chick, a female named ‘Danú’ named after the Celtic goddess or the nearby Paps of Danú, left her nest in mid-July, only began to venture away from the lakes of Killarney in late September. She returned to Killarney again and  headed west towards Waterville where she remains. Her satellite tracks show that she even spent the night next to another eagle nest in west Kerry that also produced a chick this year. .Photo:Valerie O'Sullivan/FREE PIC/ White Tailed Eagle Project/FREE PIC