Rescue at hand when eagles dare
CAUGHT in a branch, hanging by a wing for hours; this sea eagle was in dire straits.
Luckily, she had angels of her own watching over who called for help, sparking a rescue mission to get the bird to safety.
Named SE21, the white-bellied sea eagle is a well-known member of the Sea EagleCAM research project that follows the lives of white-bellied sea eagles in and around Sydney, and with viewers able to watch a constant live stream of a nest in Sydney Olympic Park.
It was these vigilant viewers that spotted the young eagle in the background of the stream, when she trapped herself in a tree branch last November. She was rescued that night.
Director of Feathered Friends Breeding, Research and Recovery Centre, Ravi Wasan, said the eagle could be released back into the wild in five to six weeks.
“Hopefully the wing recovers normally, she hasn’t missed a lot of the windows she needs for a young eagle,” he said. “We’re optimistic that she should be a candidate for release.”
A trapped sea eagle.