The White-tailed eagle is one of the most impressive birds of prey of the Netherlands. And how great it is that this specie breeds in the Netherlands for the first time (ever of since centuries, who knows?)! And this incredible bird, called the flying door because of its 2 meter wingspan, is seen very regularely on the island where I live, Voorne Putten. I even saw one once flying over Spijkenisse, accompanied by four or five Buzzards.

In 2006 the first nest was discovered in the Oostvaardersplassen, in 2011 a couple nested in the Biesbosch and  subadult couples can be seen around the Haringvliet lately!

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White-tailed eagle
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Haliaetus
Species: Haliaetus albicilla
Dutch name: Zeearend
Common name: White-tailed eagle
Location: Beninger polder, Zuidland, The Netherlands

Remarks: 2nd Calendar year circling above our heads
White-tailed eagle
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Haliaetus
Species: Haliaetus albicilla
Dutch name: Zeearend
Common name: White-tailed eagle
Location: Beninger polder, Zuidland, The Netherlands

Remarks: 2nd Calendar year Higher up in the blue sky
White-tailed eagle
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Haliaetus
Species: Haliaetus albicilla
Dutch name: Zeearend
Common name: White-tailed eagle
Location: Beninger polder, Zuidland, The Netherlands

Remarks: Not the best picture, but the difference in size with a female Buzzard is huge!
White-tailed eagle
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Haliaetus
Species: Haliaetus albicilla
Dutch name: Zeearend
Common name: White-tailed eagle
Location: Beninger polder, Zuidland, The Netherlands

Remarks: 1st Calendar year White-tailed in its favourite hobby: Hunting and catching geese over the Haringvliet.
White-tailed eagle
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Haliaetus
Species: Haliaetus albicilla
Dutch name: Zeearend
Common name: White-tailed eagle
Location: Beninger polder, Zuidland, The Netherlands

Remarks: White-tailed eagle and a couple of carrion crows in a tree. In the background a sailboat on the Haringvliet.
White-tailed eagle adult
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Haliaetus
Species: Haliaetus albicilla
Dutch name: Zeearend
Common name: White-tailed eagle
Location: Hollandse Biesbosch, Dordrecht, The Netherlands

Remarks: Adult, mark the white tail.


Field characteristics

Young birds are brown with a dark bill, a stained chest and dark tail. As the bird grows up, which takes five years, the tail becomes white, the head and neck grow lighter and the bill becomes yellow.

Sound:

A high, gull-like yapping sound

 

 

 

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