CWC Release
Phoenix the Juvenile Bald Eagle
Mar. 25, 2018


On March 14, 2018, Phoenix the juvenile bald eagle was banded, and on the next day she was released in central Pennsylvania. Of course, her story is longer than that, and I'll use the words of Robyn Graboski, the director of Centre Wildlife Care (CWC):
    Phoenix came in during the fall (Nov. 12) after she was hit by a car. We then discovered that she had lead poisoning and a bad bacterial infection. Lead depresses the immune system so they are more susceptible to infections. She needed extensive treatment to control the infection. Thank you to all for the donations and prayers to help her recovery.

    Thank you to Wayne Laubscher [below left; Ginnie, volunteer, center; and Robyn Graboski] for banding the bird. Thank you for the hard work of our many volunteers who helped care for her and the staff at Animal Medical Hospital for helping with medical care. She recovered against all odds and has risen from the ashes!

Phoenix being banded

A close-up of Phoenix's band.
Phoenix's band

Ethan, who carried Phoenix to CWC, opens the crate to release Phoenix.

Phoenix comes out at a run . . 
Phoenix out

. . . and immediately takes flight.

Phoenix embarks on her new life.

I have a 19-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 K3, with the SMC-A 50mm/f1.4, for the first photo, and a Pentax K3, with the SMC-DA* 60-250mm lens, for the remaining ones, taken on 14 and 15 March 2018.

Note 2: Earlier bald eagle releases: Canace (January 2013), Xena (September 2013), Lana (October 2015), and Teddy (January 2016).
In January 2016, Zeus the golden eagle was released.

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