· The following correction was printed in the Guardian's Corrections and clarifications column, Monday June 25 2007. Charlemagne was described as a Roman emperor in the article above. Having ruled as king of Franks from 768 until his death in 814, long after the fall of the western empire of Rome in the 5th century, the description is not wholly accurate. His capital was at Aachen, now in modern Germany, and his empire covered most of west and central Europe . However, he was crowned Imperator Augustus by Pope Leo III after he conquered Italy in 800. This was the origin of what later became known as the Holy Roman Empire.
Hi Ed! Sorry for the late reply, I was off-line due to a short birding trip until now.
White-tailed Eagles are big birds but have rather weak talons, eating mostly fish and birds up to the size of a goose. Therefore, it is nearly impossible that the White-tailed Eagle had killed the Roe Deer itself, and was therefore almost definitely scavenging – which the species does on a regular basis.
A wolf kill would be quite exceptional indeed, even though Germany now has a population of apparently close to (or more than) 200! Another possibility is that the deer was injured in a car accident and died later away from the road.
Even though I’ve probably seen more than 1000 White-tailed Eagles during the last 20 years, I can tell you each and every one still makes a huge impression on me, they are amazing birds.
I hope you enjoy your Rheas! Have you seen this blog post of mine: