A SEA eagle with an eight-foot wingspan was one of the star attractions of a special falconry display held at the Blue Planet Aquarium.
The Cheshire Oaks attraction hosted a selection of birds of prey as part of an event organised by Cheshire Falconry – and it proved so popular that they are returning for a second visit later in the month.
The sea eagle, called Arrun, is eight-years-old and originally came from Belgium, although he has been living in Cheshire since he was just six-months-old.
As well as having a giant wingspan, Arrun also weighs more than eight pounds and is Britain’s largest bird of prey.
Blue Planet Aquarium’s Paul Renolds, who helped organise the event, said he was delighted with how it had gone.
He said: “It’s the first time that we have done anything like this at the aquarium and we were all a little bit nervous when we saw these incredible birds of prey arriving!
“They’re truly awesome-looking predators and both staff and visitors alike were incredibly impressed, both with the birds and the professionalism of their handler Steve Birchall.
“Arrun and the rest of the birds – a monkey-eating martial eagle, a peregrine falcon, a kestrel, a barn owl and a bateleur eagle – will all be returning to the aquarium later in the month for another display.”
In the wild, sea eagles eat fish, sea birds and ducks although that did not prevent Blue Planet’s very own fishy character Charlie the Clownfish from enjoying a close encounter with the magnificent bird.
Cheshire Falconry will return to the Blue Planet Aquarium on Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22.