Here We Go Again…
Thankfully a caring motorist reported this injured bald eagle that, at least for some time, was splayed out on the highway north of Tripoli. By the time I arrived the juvenile bird had moved to a safer location – the ditch near the road. I was not able to discern the cause of her injuries – whether she was hit by a car while feeding on a nearby roadkill or if she hit a power line not far away. (Gender determined by size and weight.) If the bird is lucky, she simply got her bell rung. Based on the amount of spunk she was showing before I transferred care, I am hopeful for a good outcome.
My thanks to Jeremy, Heather, Sara, Terese, and Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Project for helping to make a recovery possible!
Injured Juvenile Bald Eagle:
Incidentally, for regular readers you might remember me mentioning the challenge of nictitating membranes being visible when shooting bird pictures. Once again, I was faced with one!
Injured Juvenile Bald Eagle with Nictitating Membrane Visible: