It’s suspected a white-tailed sea eagle chick has died as a result of human disturbance which may have led to crows killing it.
The group behind the reintroduction of the species, which was absent from this country for a century, says the chick was hatched near Lough Léin in Killarney.
The White Tailed Sea Eagle Reintroduction Programme says the white-tailed sea eagle chick was hatched on Brown Island, near the western shores of Lough Léin.
The group says it’s likely that a disturbance from humans caused the parents to leave the area near the nest, leaving their offspring vulnerable to predators such as crows.
It’s suspected crows killed the chick – or chicks, as there may have been two baby birds.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service has placed warning signs on the island asking that the nest not be disturbed.
Frank McMahon of the National Parks and Wildlife Service is asking the public to not disturb the birds at or near nest sites.
He’s also cautioned against unlicensed photographers visiting nest sites to photograph the birds and he’s reminded people that a licence is needed to photograph or film birds at the nest.
However, Mr McMahon praised boatmen and fishermen for their help in protecting the nests.