Almost certainly killed in territory battle

Reay continued to range back and for in his usual Wester Ross haunts and then it was clear that he had stopped moving in the Kintail area in mid summer. I am very grateful to Rule Anderson, a member of the Highland raptor study group, who checked out the location and found the carcase. There was no evidence of foul play but interestingly it was only 400 metres from an active eagle nest containing one well grown eaglet on 3rd July. It looks very likely that Reay had been killed by the territorial male of this nest.  It shows the dangers that sub adult eagles have in finding a nesting site in areas where the population of adult pairs is full.