An animal welfare charity has rescue an injured eagle from a swarm of midges on the Isle of Lewis.
The Scottish SPCA was called out to rescue a sea eagle, which was found with a head injury on a moorland on August10 at around 6.20pm
The charity was alerted to the injured creature, also known as a white-tailed eagle which is the largest bird of prey in the UK, on 10 August at around 6.20pm.
Scottish SPCA auxiliary inspector Maggie Adkins said: “On arrival it was clear the eagle had a serious head injury and it was also being eaten alive by midges.
“It was found in a remote part of the island close to a large wind turbine so this is likely to have been the cause of its injuries.
“I immediately took the bird to the Old Mill Vet Practice, where it was given pain relief and medication.
“After an x-ray, thankfully no breakages were found but the bird had severe bruising to the body as well as head trauma.
“As the eagle had an RSPB leg ring and tracker attached to its body, I contacted the local RSPB representative, Robin Reid. He was able to confirm that the bird had been born in June 2009 here on the island.
“It was fascinating to be able to get in touch with the RSPB and find out more about this beautiful bird’s background.”
At present, the eagle is healing from its injuries and eating well. The Scottish SPCA hope it will soon be recovered enough to be released back in to the wild.
RSPB representative Robin Reid said: “The population of white-tailed eagles on the Isle of Lewis has been increasing in recent years following their successful re-introduction to Scotland.
“However, it is concerning that this injured bird has been found close to a wind farm. We know the species is susceptible to collisions with wind turbines and we are concerned about the impact of further proposed wind farms in the area.”
If anyone spots an injured, sick or distressed animal contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.