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RTE - The eagles return DVD

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The eagles return

Ireland's lost birds fight back

Four part wildlife series following the trials of the golden eagle trust as they bring wild birds of prey back to ireland after an absence of over 100 years

It is the most important Irish wildlife story in decades - The return of some of the largest birds of prey ever to darken irish skies, The white tailed eagle, The golden eagle & the red kite. From scaling cliffs in the wilds of Norway, Scotland and wales on the hunt for new chicks, to hiring planes to fly them home, to nursing them through the first crucial months of freedom in ireland this series has powerful wildlife, strong human characters allied to genuine adventure and drama as the story of the birds survival in ireland unfolds.

The reintroduction involves a vast amount of work for a team of highly trained specialists from the golden eagle trust and for three years the series had exclusive access to the guardians of the project. It follows their triuphs and tragedies as they rack the birds from capture abroad through the first months of their release in ireland. This is the most crucial time of all and the young birds face many dangers from bad weather to poison and inevitably deaths occur, each one a personal blow to the people involved. With radio & satelitte tags the guardians follow the released birds progress across the country and wait with hope they will survive through their first winter.

World class photography, unfolding dramatic storylines, strong human & animal interest, important enviromental, cultural and heritage themes all combine to make this a compelling and important series.


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