According to this article numbers of young sea eagles in Scotland are soaring. Sea eagles were re-introduced to Scotland 35 years ago and it appears the programme has met with some success. During 2010 pairs of white tailed sea eagles produced more young than in any year since they were reintroduced. Around 46 young birds were fledged this year about 10 more than the previous year. It is thought there are now 52 breeding pairs of sea eagles in Scotland. The birds were hunted to extinction over the 19th and 20th Centuries but these recent figures are certainly encouraging news for the species.