Searching for golden eagles

BBC Autumnwatch wanted to see some golden eagles for their last program of the autumn, this Friday, and wondered if I could help. This morning, I took them to a good place, but after standing around in the cold for more than an hour no eagles had joined the ravens soaring above us. Kate Humble had asked me about the winter lives of eagles and how best to see them, but sadly no eagle appeared above us so we had to leave. Some miles further on, I suddenly found two eagles soaring just above the road, with one of them chasing a young red deer. I stopped and waved to the following vehicles. Cameramen,crew and presenter all jumped out and we had the most marvellous views of three golden eagles above us in bright sunshine. A really white marked juvenile, a 3-year-old and a near adult; we did not get all 3 together in the same field of view but often two were together playing in the skies. Eagle sightings at any time of the year are just so much luck.

Tom, our satellite tagged eagle, is still remaining in remote mountain country on the borders of Highland, Aberdeenshire and Perthshire; he seems very settled there.