Mysterious Return: Rare White-tailed Eagle Spotted in Gwynedd after Centuries

The White-tailed Eagle, or Sea Eagle, was recently spotted at Rhodri Jones' farm near Llanuwchllyn, Gwynedd, Wales.

Eagles, extinct as a breeding species in Wales for over 150 years, haven't been seen in the country since the 16th century.

The appearance of this rare eagle has left experts, including wildlife enthusiast Iolo Williams, puzzled about its origin.

Rhodri Jones first noticed the eagle on January 3rd and observed it again the following day on his farm.

The RSPB describes White-tailed Eagles as tall birds, reaching up to 90cm (35.4 in), and Mr. Jones emphasized the bird's impressive size.

Unlike Golden Eagles, White-tailed Eagles are less aggressive and have a varied diet, including fish, seabirds, and carrion.

Rhodri Jones, who observed the bird for an extended period, mentioned it stood on a rock overlooking his house.

Ornithologist Iolo Williams expressed excitement over the rare sighting, speculating that the young eagle might have strayed from its habitat, possibly the Isle of Wight or Norfolk. 

The presence of eagles in Wales is a nod to the region's historical heritage, absent since the 16th century.