We attended a Bald Eagle release today at the Raptor Center. Every few months
there are rehabilitated birds that have healed and are ready to go back to the wild.
Inside the center for a "pre-flight" checkup. Sorry for the reflection--we were behind a window. The eagle was sitting calmly in the woman's lap while they finished the exam. The veterinarian said that sight is the eagle's primary sense and when you cover it they just calm right down. In addition to a health exam the bird's talons and beak are sharpened so they are ready to hunt for food. The woman in the background with the large blue gloves is also holding an eagle.
The trail around the Raptor Center to the release sight is a very nice boardwalk through the forest.
The woman talking is the Raptor Center veterinarian, the one holding
the eagle is a volunteer at the center.
Awesome sculptures inside the center made by a local artist using recycled glass. We had 2 eagles just this morning outside of our living room window fighting upside down exactly like this!
Click to make the photos larger--the eyeballs were made from the top of a lightbulb!
A chart showing the skeleton of an eagle with the parts labeled. We learned today that eagles have some bones the same size as a deer--only much lighter because they are hollow inside.
The Raptor Center is making a nice website that I will post once it is finished so you can visit.