Hunting White-tailed Eagle, Alvheim
One can only wonder what
the effect of this oil spill will be on the local eagle population -
they will have easy pickings during the next week or so but will surely
run the risk of becoming oiled or even ingesting it as they feed on the
carcasses of gulls, ducks and auks. One can only pray that these
fantastic birds do not also become victims of this disaster.
The stink of diesel and oil was overwhelming at Svellingen - the shore
was coated with a thick layer of oil and the sea was covered with a
thin film of pollution. No sign of any attempts to clean up the area
were evident and virtually all the birds seen here were covered in
black oil. At least 15 Long-tailed Duck, two Eiders, a Common Scoter,
two Red-breasted Merganser and a Common Guillemot are all doomed to a
slow and painful death unless efforts are made to catch these
unfortunate creatures and take them into care.