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The powerful and majestic presence of our female eagle at the Centre cannot be escaped; she is truly a beautiful sight to see in such close proximity. The feisty and headstrong character Sika possesses as well as her sheer size makes her a challenge to work with, however it is so fulfilling to see her thrive under our care. She is hard work, however once you have won over her trust there is no experience like working with such an inspiring bird. The sea eagle disappeared from our landscape in 1901, but recent years have seen a push to restore this magnificent predator back to its former glory. The Golden Eagle Trust in conjunction with National Parks and Wildlife Service began a reintroduction project and released young eagles into Killarney National Park in 2007. Their population in Ireland has increased since then despite setbacks. They are largely monogamous, pairing for life unless a partner dies. Their bond is secured when they set up a territory together and build a nest which can become so large the tree on which it is built may collapse. The courtship between the eagles is an awesome spectacle; with the pair locking talons and ‘cartwheeling’ as they fall out of the sky together before separating to avoid collision.