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Europe's biggest eagle

Birds, 15 April 2019
White-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)


The white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) has many names.

In Norway and Denmark it's the havørn, in Sweden it's the havsörn, in France the pygargue à queue blanche, in Germany the Seeadler, in Russia the орлан-белохвост, in China the 白尾海雕 and in Japan the オジロワシ.

I like the Gaelic name, "iolar sùil na grèine" or "eagle of the eye of the sun".