Today Lithuania Post is issuing a new postage stamp \”The Red Book of Lithuania. White – Tailed Sea Eagle\” (designer I. Balakauskaitė). First Day Cover with postage stamp, First Day Cover with tete-beche, First Day Cover with small sheet, Maximum Card and a First Day Sheet also will be issued. The White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla), also known as the Sea Eagle, is the largest bird of prey breeding in Lithuania, the first nest of which was discovered in 1987 in the Čepkeliai Reserve.The preferred habitats of white-tailed eagles are the forests located close to sea bays, large rivers or lakes, or fish farms. These birds build their nests in the trees growing close to open localities such as marshes in bare soils, woodcutting places, or sites in forests. White-tailed eagles feed on fish, seabirds, and mammals.
At present, the white-tailed eagle is included in The Red List of Threatened Species and The Red List of Lithuania. The main reason for the decrease in the population of species is active economic activities in forests. Also, they supplement the trophy collections of poachers, die as a result of careless perching on utility poles or affected by chemical pollutants ingested through prey.