ONE of six sea eagles released on the Isle of Wight has flown to Essex — via the bright lights of central London.

Less than two weeks ago, the juvenile white-tailed eagles were released on the Isle of Wight, each equipped with a satellite transmitter to log their location once every three minutes.

Five of the birds have remained at, or close to, the top-secret release site on the Isle of Wight.

One, however, affectionately known as Culver, having ditched the less-snappy moniker G3 22, bucked the trend by taking flight across the south east.

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Tim Mackrill, of the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation — which, in conjunction with Forestry England, launched the project to reintroducing the raptors to southern England for the first time in 240 years — said: ‘Juvenile white-tailed eagles often wander widely in their first two years, regularly venturing up to 200km from their nest site.

‘What we weren’t expecting was for one of the Isle of Wight birds to do that within two weeks of release. It is testament to what good condition the bird is in.

‘G3 22 is a male from the North of the Island of Skye. Rather than refer to it by its ring number, we thought it would be good to choose an Isle of Wight name, so we’ll now be referring to G3 22 as Culver — after Culver Cliff — the last place white-tailed eagles bred in southern England.’

After the release, on August 22, Culver spent a week exploring the Isle of Wight, circumnavigating the Island before roosting in a small path of coastal woodland a few kilometres east of the Needles on the evening of August 28, before following the route of the Wightlink Ferry and heading off on his travels.

For up-to-date details on the progress of Culver and the five other white-tailed eagles, visit www.roydennis.org

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