Canace the Bald Eagle
His Release
Jan. 20, 2013

On Thursday, 17 January 2013, I participated in something wonderful: the release of a male bald eagle, who is named Canace.

Canace was very ill from lead poisoning. Months earlier, he was taken in at Cowanesque Lake recreation area, Pennsylvania; then looked after by Centre Wildlife Care; and today was to be returned to Cowanesque Lake.

That morning, we picked up Canace at his exercise cage, the building of which was an eagle scout project.

Canace's exercise cage

Inside his exercise cage, Canace was busily excercising, a blur of motion.
Canace exercising

The drive to Cowanesque Lake took two and a half hours.

Then came the moment of excitement, when Robyn Graboski, director of Centre Wildlife Care, opened the crate door.

What would happen when Canace first sensed freedom?

Canace and Robyn Graboski

My following page shows Canace's first flight after his release.

Complete background information on Canace's rescue and recovery is at the website of Centre Wildlife Care.

Photo note: I used a Pentax K20D, with the Pentax SMC-DA 16-45mm lens for the first photo and the Pentax SMC-DA* 60-250mm lens for the second two photos, all taken on 17 January 2013.

A overhead adult bald eagle

Wild About Animals is the Centre Wildlife Care annual exhibition;
it will be on March 16, 2013, at the Ag Arena, State College.

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