Ireland’s Lost Birds Fight Back
4x26 Min Documentary Series / Format: HD
Funders: RTÉ, BAI
Wildlife/natural history series following the trials of two men bringing the Wild Eagles back to Ireland after an absence of over 100 years. Their quest is tracked through all weathers and seasons and set against the most striking action of the wildlife year in the mountains of Kerry and Donegal.
It is the most important Irish wildlife story in decades - the return of the two largest birds of prey ever to darken Irish skies - the White Tailed & the Golden Eagle. With countless animals becoming extinct worldwide, the return of these raptors to their natural home in Ireland is a rare environmental triumph and a genuine ‘good news’ story. From scaling cliffs in the wilds of Norway and Scotland on the hunt for new chicks, to hiring planes to fly them home, to nursing them through the first crucial months, Return of the Raptors has powerful wildlife and strong human characters allied to genuine adventure and drama as the story of the bird’s survival in Ireland unfolds.