Another interesting misinterpertation!!! The Horby Island Eagle has NOT been Shot!
I guess one has to chalk up to human behavior, or misbehavior, the inabitlity of some people to look for problems, create them from nothing, or read something bad into whatever they want. I had thought earlier that we shoud save the total Forum responses, not just for the interesting, thought provoking and sincere questions, but perhaps for the exceptional few who are not at all interested in the eagles, their incredibly facinating behaviior or questions about their environment, but seem hell bent on finding something to bicker about or distort -- for whatever reasons their contorted minds have conjured up. Could these demented souls be more interesting than the eagles? No -- I go for the eagles.
Here is Doug Carricks simple comment on the latest misunderstandings or bs ! He still has the live feed from the camera coming into his livingroom and knows of what he speaks.
FROM : DOUGLAS CARRICK on Hornby Island Date: August 9, 2006 10:25:16 PM CDT
I was informed about the BB shot rumour for the first time just 20 minutes ago. There is absolutely no truth to it. One problem about being shot in the nest is that they just don't use the nest any more. More important, I have seen them in surrounding perch trees every day up to July 29. On July 30, they went on migration.
I have been watching them particularly closely this year because so many people would be interested in the life of these "senior eagles" and I visualize myself as becoming an eagle geriatrician. Over the years, I have observed the average migration date for Hornby eagles is mid-August. But delays in migration occur in the case of late-hatching and late-flying eaglets. About six years ago, the eagle family two miles down the beach, which I call the "Dysfunctional Family", had an eaglet that fell from the nest too early and was ever so slow to learn to fly. Because of this, the family didn't migrate until mid September.
On the other hand eagles not burdened with offspring generally leave earlier. This year, I was watching closely to confirm just that. And they did leave earlier. All this is to say, that I have been watching the eagles especially closely this year and that they were managing very well until the date of migration. Neither eagle was shot by a BB, I can assure you.
PS -- NOTE: this is the bald eagle pair that so valiantly sat their two infertile eggs. We are hopng that they will do better next year. =======================