Wednesday, March 28, 2007

A long flight - and boy, are my arms tired

Another strange but true animal story, from the AP:

A threatened eagle native to coastal Europe and northern Asia has made a surprise appearance on Kauai.

“This is history in the making,” said Brenda Zaun, a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who confirmed sightings of the white-tailed eagle.

While the visit is rare, it isn’t unheard of to see the species outside of its range covering Norway, Iceland, Poland and Greece, as well as Siberia and northern Asia. One was spotted in Alaska in 2006 and another eagle lived on Kauai for 17 years.

The massive bird can grow to a wing span of 8 feet and dines primarily on fish and seabirds, such as albatross and ducks.

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