CWC Release
Eirik, a Juvenile Bald Eagle
Sept. 17, 2021


On September 15, Eirik, a juvenile bald eagle, was released in central Pennsylvania by Robyn Graboski, the director of Centre Wildlife Care (CWC), and State Game Warden Michael College.
Robyn Graboski and State Game Warden Michael College

Eirik was rescued from being stuck in an extensive manure pool and taken to CWC by SGW Michael College, and there the eagle was brought back to health. (I've the idea that a predator being fooled by a manure pool, particularly after a rainfall, would be similar to all those prehistoric animals caught and preserved in the La Brea Tar Pits.)

However dire Eirik's original condition, he was really ready to take off within a couple of seconds of Robyn opening the carrier.

Eirik leaves the carrier

Eirik immediately took off . . .
Eirik takes flight

. . . and rapidly gained altitude.
Eirik altitude gain

Eirik never paused in his flight until he reached a grove of trees and perched for a few minutes. Then he flew further afield and out of sight.
Eirik flying free and far

Eirik was one of the more powerful flyers I've seen on initial release.

I have a 13-photo album at the CWC public page on Facebook (you don't have to be an FB member to see the album).

Photo note: I used a Pentax K-3ii, with the SMC-DA* 60-250mm lens, for the photos, taken on September 15, 2021.

Note 2: A list of all the releases I've photographed for Centre Wildlife Care is right here.

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