White-tailed eagle spotted being mobbed by osprey at Semerwater

File pic of white tailed eagle. Photo: Andreas Weith.

A rare white-tailed eagle has been spotted being mobbed by an osprey at Semerwater in the Yorkshire Dales.

The scene was caught on video this week by Joe Bodycote, a nature reserve assistant with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

The eagle — Britain’s largest bird of prey — is fitted with a satellite tag.

The data showed she was a juvenile female which hatched in 2021.

She spent the summer in northern Scotland before moving south at the beginning of September.

After passing over the Lake District and Morecambe Bay, she was recorded in the Yorkshire Dales on Monday morning and later spotted near Semerwater.

The white-tailed eagle 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 on the Isle of Wight.

It is not the first time the eagles have visited the Yorkshire Dales, with a female bird spending several weeks in the area after spending the summer on the North York Moors with a male bird.

An eagle was also spotted eating a goose at Smallways Lake, just off the A66, between Richmond and Barnard Castle, in 2018.

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.

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

Ospreys are also very rare, although this year a pair successfully bred at a site in Wensleydale – the first breeding pair recorded in Yorkshire since records began in the 1800s.

The nest was built on the Bolton Castle Estate, with the breeding pair producing two chicks — one male and one female.

The osprey was once common across Europe but was driven to extinction in many parts, including Britain, in the 1800s.

In recent years, with active reintroductions, it has been making a comeback, but threats still remain.