The cache is located in a section of the Killarney National Park which is only a short walk from the centre of Killarney itself.
There are several entrances to the park, but the best for this cache is across the bridge opposite the Cathedral which brings you to a quaint little cottage.
While on the way, have a look for the nearby Killarney Micro #1 cache.
From here, follow signs for "Knockreer House Gardens" and let the GPS take you from there.
In June 2007, 15 white-tailed eagle chicks were introduced to Killarney National Park from Flatanger, Norway. It was the start of a programme by wildlife rangers to bring a total of 100 white-tailed eagles to Ireland over the following five years.
The white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus Albicilla) - also known as the sea eagle - is a huge bird with a wingspan of up to 245cm (8 feet). Adults have a beige coloured head, a huge bill and a short, wedge-shaped white tail. Young eagles are much darker, gradually gaining adult plumage over 5 - 6 years.
White-tailed eagles start to breed when they are around 5 years of age. They spend the winter in courtship and eggs are laid in March. Females normally lay 1 - 2 eggs, which are incubated for about 38 days. When hatched, the egrets remain in the nest for 10 - 13 weeks before fledging. Once they survive their first winter, they can be expected to live for up to 20 years.
Fish, birds and ducks are among the most important items in their diet. When hunting for fish, they prefer to watch from a suitable perch, then swoop and pluck the fish from the surface of the water without getting wet. The eagles also scavenge, scouring locations for washed-up fish and often steal food from other birds and animals.
In Ireland, they have no natural predators and the only threat to their existence in Kerry is from human activity. In 1910 the white-tailed eagle was driven into extinction in Ireland by hunting. Indeed, upon their re-introduction almost 100 years later, farmers in the area were already expressing their concerns that the eagles might attack lambs.
On average, the white-tailed eagle's territory ranges from 30 - 70 km2. While the location of this cache should be safe enough, they still managed to leave their mark on it before the initial hide, so beware! As the re-introduction programme continues over the years, listen out for their call, which sounds like a mixture of a bark and a yelp - rather strange coming from such an impressive bird.
- Contents of the original cache included
- Colourful plastic slinky spring
- Battery-operated Sudoku game
- Mobile phone necklace holder
- Ireland sticker
- 10c and 25c coins from Trinidad & Tobago
- Smily bean bag
- Ireland/USA pin badge
- Whoopee cushion
- Kerry air freshener
- "Subway Séamus" TB
- Log book with a pen, pencils and a sharpener
The cache itself is wrapped in black cloth to help it blend in with its surroundings. When replacing it, beware of passing muggles and perhaps throw a few leaves over it just to be sure. To retrieve the cache requires a bit of blind faith. Close your eyes, outstretch your hand and hope for the best - if you dare!