Bird watchers recently confirmed that one eagle chick had been born in the Hunzedal region, but it now appears that the breeding pair of mature eagles actually has two chicks.
Translation by Traci White
The first of the eagles’ offspring was spotted near the Zuidlaardermeer in early July, which made 2018 the second year in a row that the sea eagles had successfully produced offspring. But Groningen wildlife association, Groninger Landschap, became worried about the chick’s fate over the summer due to a lack of subsequent sightings.
Hide and seek champion
This week, the young bird was detected again in the nest – along with a previously unnoticed second baby eagle. Confirming that the first chick was safe was a relief and the discovery of the second bird was a huge surprise to Groninger Landschap. “The second one is definitely a hide and seek champion”, the organisation said in a statement.
The Hunzedal area has undergone major changes over the past decade in efforts to restore the natural terrain to marshland for wildlife, including the large birds. The eagle’s nest is under 24-hour surveillance in order to protect them and facilitate peaceful breeding.