Eagles fly in Weymouth

Stella's Sea Eagle

Chris & Stella's Sea Eagle

Weymouth will be all of a flutter next week with the first public appearance of a rare baby Crowned Eagle and sightings of other spectacular birds of prey.

The giant fish-eating Steller’s Sea Eagle, the Bald Eagle, a Eurasian Griffon Vulture and a Milky Eagle Owl make up the collection of large birds of prey flying daily at Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park from Saturday, June 2nd to Sunday, June 10th.

However, the jewel in the crown will be the 40 day old Crowned Eagle, which is the first of its kind to be captive bred in England.

“I have been waiting seven years to own this breed of bird” said owner Chris O’Donnell “And he is defiantly my pride and joy”. “He is still of the age where I have to give him full time supervision, so at times I feel more like his father”

Chris is the resident falconer at Warwick Castle, and a good friend of Sea Life Park boss and former Castle general manager Craig Dunkerley.

“Luckily for us he agreed to come down to give our visitors in Weymouth an extra treat over the Whitsun holidays,” said curator of the Park Fiona Smith.

“The only birds we usually have on the park are our Humboldt Penguins, and though they are certainly very agile underwater they obviously don’t get off the ground.

“The Steller’s Sea Eagle is one of the largest raptors in the world and with striking black and white plumage is going to look absolutely amazing flying too and fro’ across the Park.”

The baby Crowned Eagle will make a special added extra to the display as it is only about the sixth in the world bred and reared in captivity.

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