This has been a good summer for the Icelandic white-tailed eagle, according to Morgunblaðið. The bird’s egg-laying this year was more successful than it had been in a century. A total of 56 eaglets survived this summer, while 87 eagle couples nested – most of them, or about 50, around Breiðafjörður bay, West Iceland. “That area is home to the country’s vastest beaches and countless islets off-shore, where the bird tends to nest,” Kristinn explains. He adds that in recent years, eagles have increasingly nested around Húnaflói bay, Northwest Iceland, and around Faxaflói bay, Southwest Iceland.
Sixty-five of the female eagles laid eggs, and 39 of them had eaglets that survived.
It is estimated that the eagle population in Iceland counts roughly 300 birds. The population is, therefore, doing well, compared to prior years.