Eagle drama unfolds on Hornby Island
Friday, May 15 2009 @ 07:27 AM EDT
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Updated: May 14, 2009 2:55 PM
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The Hornby Island bald eagles captured the world’s attention in 2006, but despite fans tuning in on webcams the chicks refused to show.
This week was a different story — a true life drama in realtime.
Echo, a fluffy Island chick, delighted web-watching birders by arriving on stage as scheduled.
The new arrival was the darling of schoolchildren in classrooms around the world. Until Monday when disaster struck.
Helplessly eagle biologist, David Hancock, watched as Echo’s mom tried desperately to disentangle her precious charge who had become tangled in her feathers.
After working diligently to free the little one, the adult brooded for sometime, fed the baby and even flew out of the nest and returned in the hope of correcting the situation.
Eventually, Echo died and fell to earth beneath the nest. Doug Carrick retrieved the little Echo who was appropriately buried with respect and affection.