Steller's sea eagle
In Scandinavian Wildlife Park you can experience the worlds largest sea eagle in the daily eagle show. The Steller's sea eagle has an impressive wing span of almost 2,5 meters.
See eagles in a whole new way!
There’s no other place in the world, where you can meet the sea eagle, the way you do in our giant eagle aviary. It’s 60x60 meters and 12 meters high, which makes it the world’s largest aviary for sea eagles. Here they can really stretch their wings.
Why sea eagles?
Sea eagles have not had a great history in Denmark. Earlier all birds of prey were seen as a threat towards the Danes’ hunting and fishing, so all birds of prey were hunted with guns and poison. The white-tailed sea eagle were thus eradicated from Danish wildlife in the beginning of the nineteen-hundreds. Since then the way we view nature has luckily changed, and in 1967 the sea eagle and other birds of prey, became protected by law. Since then the sea eagles have returned to Denmark, and the numbers are constantly rising.
But sea eagles are not safe everywhere. Some places they are still shot and poisoned. For example, by fur-trappers in Russia. They don’t like the eagles eating the animals caught in their traps. Also in Japan, a lot of eagles are dying from lead-poisoning, that they get from eating the offal from Sika deer shot with lead ammunition. You can find stories like this from all over the world, and not only concerning the sea eagle, but all species of birds of prey.
This is why we would like to tell the story of the sea eagles. By seeing them up close in our aviary, we hope that our visitors will grow to love eagles as much as we do, and will want to continue to conserve them in the wild.
Steller’s sea eagles
The steller’s sea eagle is the largest eagle in the world, and is found in eastern Russia and will often winter in northern Japan on Hokkaido. This makes it the first non-Scandinavian species in Scandinavian Wildlife Park. The reason for this is the Danish legislation on birds of prey. We cannot hold the European white-tailed sea eagle in new enclosures.
So if we want to tell the story of the sea eagle, we need to have a stand-in, and the white-tailed sea eagle’s Russian cousin does a fine job.
There are three parent-reared male eagles at our facilities, so our eagle aviary is a real bachelor pad.
The eagle show
In the wild sea eagles eat primarily fish, and they catch them in the most impressive way. They will swoop down over the water, stretch out their talons and catch the unsuspecting fish.
It’s this way of fishing that we would like to present in our eagle show. In the aviary there’s a giant lake, and the eagles fish a few meters in front of the visitor seats that can seat up to 800 visitors.
The presentation of the eagles, will only be held in Danish, but the guides are available for questions before and after the show.