The first trial of the Eagle's release didn't go as planned. It fought its way out of the hands of fellow rehabilitator. It landed in a field and ran around for awhile, seeming uninterested in flying. Bobby chased it around several times in hopes of scaring it into flight, but the she was not interested. They decided to re-capture her and try again, this time releasing her from a 5 foot perch to give her a better chance of getting airborne. After a lengthy struggle to get her on the perch, she hesitated for a few moments before taking off for the nearest tree about 150 feet away. She seemed content to stay there for the rest of the evening, and may still be in the park a week later.
Thanks to Bobby and Cathy Horvath this beautiful Eagle will have a chance to fly the skies for many years to come.
Pic 1. Male Eagle being banded
Pic 2. Beak size comparison (Female on Left, Male on right)
Pic 3&4. Male in the flight cage
Pic 5&6. Female before release
Pic 7&8. Female after first release
Pic 9&10. Female on the perch
Pic 11&12. Female finally makes it to a tree