Watching this majestic bird fly along while you are out on deck will make you wish you could fly yourself.
The white-tailed eagle (Haliaeëtus albicilla), also known as the sea eagle, is the largest bird of prey in Norwa, with a wing span up to eight feet. On deck, fairly close encounters between guests and eagles are not uncommon, as we sail through the eagle's natural habitat. If it happens, you will realize just how large this bird really is.
Apart from Norway, the sea eagle is found across a wide area from Greenland and Iceland to Iraq in the south, through Central and Northern Asia and all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Today, the sea eagle is a protected species both in Norway and most countries in Western Europe. What was once only approximately 500 breeding couples in all of Western Europe in 1975, the species is now closer to over 2,000 birds in Norway alone.
Sea eagles prey mainly on fish and other seabirds. They build their nests in treetops or mountainsides, usually sticking to the same nest for several breeding seasons. They normally lay two eggs; the chick comes out after 38 days and leaves the nest after 10-11 weeks.