White-tailed eagle photographed eating goose

White-tailed eagle at Smallways Lake in 2018. Photo: Steve Clifton.

A rare white-tailed eagle has been photographed eating a goose at a Richmondshire lake.

Bird enthusiasts had initially hoped the eagle was a wild bird.

However, it is understood it is an escapee which belongs to a North Yorkshire bird of prey display team, who are trying to recapture it.

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The eagle was photographed by bird enthusiast Steve Clifton at Smallways Lake, just off the A66, between Richmond and Barnard Castle.

Steve photographed the bird earlier this week as it ate a greylag goose.

After finishing its meal, the bird went to roost in a nearby tree.

The white-tailed eagle, also known as the sea eagle, is the largest UK bird of prey.

The species went extinct in the UK during the early 20th century due to illegal killing.

However, there is now a small population after the birds were reintroduced.

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