Res­cue at hand when ea­gles dare

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - HOT TOPIC -

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.

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