A GOLDEN eagle has been found shot and ‘barely alive’ near the Southern Upland Way in Dumfriesshire.
RSPB Scotland condemned the shooting of the iconic bird of prey, which was found by a walker near the well known Scottish route.
Scottish SPCA inspectors took the adult male eagle to the charity’s new rehabilitation centre near Alloa where it is undergoing treatment.
They said it is too early to tell whether the bird, which was discovered on a grouse moor near Wanlockhead at the weekend, will survive its injuries.
Examination by vets showed shotgun pellets had caused injuries to the bird’s tail muscles and one of its wings.
The bird also had extensive damage to its feathers, suggesting that it had been floundering on the ground for some time and had been unable to feed.
The incident is the latest in a spate of attacks on golden eagles in Scotland.
As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.