Lost contact

Orla was ranging in the Monadhliaths through the summer but we lost contact in early September. No sure what has happened.

Stayed in the Monadhliath mountains

Orla are spent July in the Monadhliaths, mostly on Coignafearn. She started the month to the south-east and also from July 6th to 10th south of Loch Killen. She ranged over an area of 165 km²

Range in July

Range in July

Living in the Monadhliaths

Orla has remained in the Monadhliath mountains, principally on Coignafearn estate in a range of 96 km²

May 18th - June 11th

May 18th – June 11th

Off on her travels

Orla continued to range in Coignafearn and Glenmarkie to 15th April, when she flew south past south end of Larig Ghru at 5pm and roosted SE of Ben Avon, after her first day away from the Monadhliaths.  She flew NE on 16th and was in Strathdon and Ladder Hills region 17th -20th April. On 20th she flew south to Ben a’Bhuird by 5pm and roosted that night in the Quoich pinewoods. She flew on south to Carn Bhac and then west to be just north of Blair Atholl at 5pm on 21st.

March 31st - April 21st

March 31st – April 21st

In the Monadhliaths

Orla was on Coignafearn on 15th to 31st of March and then moved a little west to be south of Loch Killin and in Glen Markie.

March 14th to April 5th

March 14th to April 5th

An exploratory flight

Orla has spent most of her time at Coignafearn, but on February 23 she flew south-east to Sgoran Dubh in the Cairngorms,  next day she was at Glenfeshie and on 26 February at Gaich, later that day she flew north-west to the Monadhliaths and on 27 February returned to Coignafearn after a round trip of 100 km. On 13th March she was in the Farr Road area.

February 19th - March 13th

February 19th – March 13th


No change

Orla living on Coignafearn through February with just one longer trip 14 km and back at midday on 13th February

February 3rd - 24th

February 3rd – 24th

At Coignafearn

Orla has spent most of the time on Coignafearn but transmitter has not been giving GPS data because of shortage of sunlight.

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Summary of activity in 2015

Orla was a much more independent eaglet than her sister Aquila. She was 16 km west of home range on 24th September and her last stay at her natal range was 8th October. On 13th October she was at Garrogie, 15th October at Carn Liath and has spent most of her time in the upper Dulnan and north to Coignafearn. She made one brief return flight to her parents’ home range on 13th November.


This young female eaglet was ringed and satellite tagged at its nest on Strathspey Estates near Boat-of-Garten on 26th June 2015, with her older sister Aquila. When tagged it was well grown with a wing length of 405mm and a weight of 5.9 kg. This eaglet’s parents are a very successful pair which generally rear one or two young in their eyries built in old Scots pines. Previous tagged eaglets from this nest include Cullen (which moved to breed in East Aberdeenshire), Calluna and Mackay which are ranging as younger eagles in the CairngormsNational Park, and last year’s eaglet Brodie in the Monadhliaths. She is named Orla after the Irish for golden princess.