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WTE Star

WTE Male Star WTE Male Star (c) Allan Mee

Male "Star" hatched in mid to late-April on the island of Vikna 165 kilometres N of the city of Trondheim in west central Norway. In mid-June Star was collected from a ground nest on the skerries off Vikna by ornithologists Bertil Nyheim, S. Garstad, and F. Pedersen from Prosject Havørn (Project Sea Eagle). As with female F (Fiadhna), Star was temporarily housed at our holding site in a converted barn in Stjørdal only five minutes from Vaernes airport where he was expertly looked after by Tom Roger Østeras. On 26 June Star weighed 4.75 kilos and was estimated to be 10 weeks old based on his tail length.

On 27 June Star was flown from Trondheim to Kerry along with 19 other eaglets and was housed in a large cage in Killarney National Park with a Hitra male. On 4 August we attached PVC wing-tags (white on right and green on left) and a solar-powered GPS satellite transmitter. The 70g solar PTT-100 from Microwave Telemetry takes GPS fixes every hour during summer daylight hours with the data transmitted to Argos on day 3.

On 7 August Star was released along with eight other eaglets but took 1-2 hours to leave its ?nest'. That night Star roosted 600 metres away from the release site in dense oakwoods. The following day Star moved 2km NW then returned close to the release site but had flown 13 kilometres SE towards Lough Guitane on 10 August. On 11 August Star had moved back to Killarney town roosting that night four kilometres east of Lough Leane along the river Flesk. On 13 August Star moved up to the mouth of the Flesk before flying to roost on Innisfallen Island that evening. The next day Star moved to Brown Island on Lough Leane before roosting 13km N of the release site along the Killarney-Tralee railway line. On 15 August Star moved east before roosting 21km NE of the release site near Scartaglin. On 16 August Star moved east roosting just south of Mallow town, Co. Cork, 65km ENE of the release site. The following day Star moved NE over the Ballyhoura Mountains and into Co. Limerick, roosting 4km N of Kilfinane, 85km NE of the release site. By 19 August Star had moved into mid Co. Limerick before heading N to the river Shannon near Castleconnell. By 22 August Star moved N apparently along the Shannon towards Athlone, then Lough Ree-Lough Allen before reaching Mullaghmore on the coast of Co. Sligo, 282km NNE of the release site.

Watch out for the next exciting movements of Star by clicking on Maps and GPS Tracking and selecting male Star!