A record number of sea eagles came on the wings in 2019, and development continues. Denmark still lacks royal eagles.
This is going very well for the population of sea eagles in Denmark. In fact, it is progressing so well that the number of sea eagles has for several years set a record and that the presence of the bird of prey in Denmark now seems to be secured.
Sunday marks the Danish Ornithological Association (DOF) in this connection the Eagle's Day. It happens with 20 events around the country, where you can be lucky to experience the eagles.
And it is important to welcome the development, says Kim Skelmose, who heads Project Eagle under the Danish Ornithological Association.
“Our sea eagle is a success story without a home in Denmark. It has surpassed our wildest fantasies, ”he says.
The Eagle project was established in 1992. At that time, the very ambitious goal was to have 75 pairs of sea eagles in 2040.
But the goal was reached far earlier than expected. This year – twenty years before the deadline – there are already over 100 Danish sea eagle pairs.
In addition, the last two decades have raised just under 1100 sea eagles.
According to Kim Skelmose, this means that the Danish stock of sea eagles is now safe.
“You could say that the sea eagle is secured because we have so many of them. But there may be many more – almost double that, he says.
“However, it is still important that it receives protection when it is hatched so that it is not disturbed,” adds Kim Skelmose.
Come back 24 years ago
The sea eagle has been in Denmark since 1996. It came back after being displaced in the late 1800s.
According to Kim Skelmose, the reason why things are going so well for the sea eagle population is that a lot has been done for many years to protect it.
And then there has also been a change of attitude in the population, where there is a greater focus on looking after nature, he says.
However, the sea eagle is not the only species that has returned after being displaced. The king eagle and fish eagle are also alive in Denmark today.
However, the development in numbers is more sluggish and the stocks are still very vulnerable, says Kim Skelmose.
“We have our eagles back. But especially our royal eagles are struggling a bit. They throat something afterwards'.
He adds that the Danish Ornithological Association will therefore focus much more on giving the two species a helping hand over the coming years.
“We want them to increase in number. Because these are really some amazing birds'.