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Wounded but surviving bald eagles -- how are they doing?

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Recently I have become aware of a number of eagles flying wild that seem to be doing fine with extensive -- maybe that should be massive -- wounds. My mind quickly goes to old axioms: the survival of the fittest etc. How can an eagle with a missing toe effectively compete? More importantly how could an eagle with basically one foot survive? Others eagles I have run down have obviously been handicapped but were surviving. How do they do this? We might include in this file any noticeable diseases and vagaries of plumage.

So do you have images of hurt, off color or diseased eagles? Let's have a look at them and we will try and explain the anomalies. Here we will also invite any of our rehab followers to report on their unusual arrivals or what they think is the problem -- or solution.

So my challenge to our group is to gather images and videos of "hurt eagles" --- ones that are not perfect. Now that we have a lot of eagle watchers it is possible we can gather some interesting data on this topic. This note is to invite anyone, past and in the future, to send us examples of "hurt" eagles. Please give us some geographical reference - as close as possible -- and a date the image or video was captured. And of course if you have any comments, on the bird's noticeable impairment, etc. or modified behavior, that would be wonderful.  


David Hancock 

See our new discussion thread with pictures of injured bald eagles here:

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Portland Audubon humanely euthanizes bald eagle found injured on I-84

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Portland Audubon humanely euthanizes bald eagle found injured on I-84

Staff and volunteers from Portland Audubon’s Wildlife Care Center examine the bald eagle. Photo by Tinsley Hunsdorfer

The Audubon Society of Portland’s veterinarian has humanely euthanized a bald eagle that was admitted to Audubon’s Wildlife Care Center yesterday. The male eagle had been hit by a car on Interstate 84 near Rocky Butte, and sustained injuries that caused paralysis in the bird’s lower body.

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The eagle is stranded! Rescuers spend four hours saving bird which got tangled in power lines

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By Alex Gore  Mail Online News
February 17, 2013

A sea eagle was left high and dry when it became tangled on an overhead power line, sparking a four hour rescue operation.

The red-backed bird became entangled on the cable because of a fishing hook and nylon line embedded in its talon.

After freeing the creature, rescuers said such scenarios are all too familiar in Australia's Gold Coast in Queensland, because of the careless disposal of such fishing equipment.

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New Hancock Planter Owl Cam Now Online

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Hancock Wildlife has a new cam in Victoria, BC.  A Great Horned Owl has taken over a planter on the balcony of a federal office building.  The three eggs hatched this week but there may be only two babies remaining.  It's hard to see the chicks as Ma, whose name is Oullette, keeps the owlets covered most of the time but that will soon change as they grow larger.  So we are getting occasional glimpses of her young.  Pa, whose name is Ollie, delivers food but mostly watches over Ma and her brood from a nearby tree.  Now and then you can hear him hooting.

Here's the link to the discussion forum for this nest:

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First bald eagle egg arrives in Turtle Bay nest

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By Damon Arthur

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Eagle fans were abuzz Thursday, posting photos and messages on the Internet, after one of Redding’s famous bald eagles eagles laid her first egg of the season.

Terri Lhuillier, of the Friends of Redding Eagles, said images of the eagle egg were first captured at 5:14 p.m. Wednesday via Turtle Bay Exploration Park’s eagle cam, which is perched above the eagles’ nest near the park.

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Read the Hancock forum thread for the Turtle Bay nest here:

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Snowy white owl success story on Vancouver Island

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OYSTER RIVER – A success story flew away from the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society Friday, the only survivor of a winter filled with snowy white owl arrivals.

The birds aren’t supposed to be on Vancouver Island, many flew off their normal migration route this winter, arriving here underweight, exhausted, and near death. Six were brought into the centre over the past few months, and five have died.

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Mom again at 62: world's oldest wild bird hatches new chick

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CBC News -- Posted Feb 6, 2013

A wild bird believed to be the oldest in the world is still making babies and flying 80,000 kilometres a year in her seventh decade of life.

Wisdom, a Laysan albatross who nests in the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, about 2,800 kilometres northwest of Hawaii, hatched her latest newborn early Sunday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey repoprted in a news release.

Peter Leary, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist who observed the hatching, reported that the chick appeared to be healthy.

Wisdom is at least 62 years old, but could be older than that. She was first banded by the U.S. Geological Survey in 1956 while incubating an egg,

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Two sea eagles found dead in Kerry Ireland

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Two more white-tailed sea eagles, introduced to the Killarney National Park from Norway as part of the raptor reintroduction programme over the past five years, have been found dead.

Twenty six of the original 100 birds have now been recovered dead, 12 of them poisoned.

Poisoning has been confirmed in the case of a female bird found on the sea shore near Glengarriff, Co Cork on January 18th. She had been introduced in 2010.

A second bird has now been found at Derrynane, on the Ring of Kerry, and the carcass is being analysed to determine cause of death.

Test results from the State Laboratory in Celbridge confirmed the Glengarriff bird had been poisoned, presumably as a result of eating carrion.

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