An American Bald Eagle was released today at Possumwood Acres, a wildlife rehabilitation center located in Hubert, NC. The eagle had been rehabilitated by Cape Fear Raptor Center, which is located in Rocky Point, NC. The eagle was brought to Possumwood for release because it had been found on nearby Cape Lejeune and they are hoping that it would find its way back “home”.
We arrived early so that we could park a bit closer. I had been to Possumwood a while back and knew that parking might be limited. I’m glad that we did because there were folks parked out on the road when we were leaving. It also gave us a chance to see some of the wildlife being rehabilitated in the center. I will do a separate post in a few days to show some of what we saw while we waited.
The eagle was carried in by Dr. Joni Gnyp, DVM. As you can see, she wasn’t shy about a camera pointed in her face. 🙂 Don’t you just love the look on the face of the little girl in the bottom left? As always, click on any photo to see the larger photos and a slideshow of all photos in one place.
Once everyone arrived out in the field, Dr.Gnyp told a bit about the eagle and introduced some folks. The eagle had been in a fight with another eagle and had an injured wing. It was unable to fly when it was found on the base and was taken to the raptor center for rehabilitation.
After her short talk, she started to take off the ropes that held the bird to her gloved hand. The last step was to take off the hood and as soon as she did, the bird took off. You will be able to see this in the photos. I know there are a lot of photos here but they tell a story. It was interesting to see how the bird would spread its wings and move around but until the hood was gone, it did not really try to fly.
Once the hood came off of its eyes it did not take long to fly away. It was pretty neat to see this. Both Mr. B and I enjoyed watching it flying free, once again. Kudo’s to all that made this possible.
I forgot to mention that a radio transmitter is attached to the eagle. You can see it in the very last photo. The scientists are hoping to track the bird to follow migratory movements, pair formation, and nesting behavior over the next several years.