Male S (Seán) hatched in mid-April on the island of Hitra c80 kilometres west of Trondheim in west central Norway. Seán was collected from a nest in a large pine tree on Hitra by ornithologists Martin Pearson, Inge Dahlø and Torgeir Nygård on 20 June and temporarily housed at our holding site in a converted barn in Stjørdal only five minutes from Vaernes airport where it was cared for by Tom Roger Østeras. On 24 June Seán weighed 3.9 kilos and was estimated to be 10 weeks old.
On 26 June Seán was flown from Trondheim to Kerry along with 21 other eaglets and was housed in a large cage in Killarney National Park with another Hitra female. On 31 July we attached PVC wing-tags (white on right and sky blue on left) with the letter S 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. The number of hours the transmitter operates is reduced in autumn and winter to save battery power during the shorter days.
On 4 August Seán was released along with eight other eaglets. His first flight was captured by Killarney photographer Valerie O'Sullivan (see photo). Over the next few days he moved over a short distance along the shore of Lough Leane where he soon found one of the feeding sites provided for the young eagles to help them survive the first 1-2 months after release.
Seán is named after 13 year old Seán O'Callaghan from Beaufort near Killarney. Seán attends St. Brendan's Secondary School in Killarney and has a long interest in the local eagles. Thanks to the suggestion by Seán, the local Killarney Lions Athletic Club raised 1,000 euro for the Golden Eagle Trust as part of the Triathlon held in Killarney National Park in June 2010.
So far Sean (the eagle) hasn't moved away from Killarney. You can keep a close eye on his movements by checking out this website.