CWC Release
Teddy the Juvenile Bald Eagle
Jan. 10, 2016

Last year, in the early autumn, Tom Schirf, a deputy wildlife conservation officier, brought a first-year male bald eagle - Teddy - to Centre Wildlife Care (CWC) for rehabilitation. Robyn Graboski, the director of CWC, and her staff nurtured Teddy back to health (he was suffering from West Nile virus), and on the previous Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, Teddy was ready to be returned to the wild.

With her remarkably skill, Robyn picked up and wrapped Teddy in a towel.

Robyn and Teddy

Afterward, Teddy was put into a crate, and we met Tom close to the release site. At the release site, Teddy was anxious to leave the crate until Robyn opened the door. Then he hesitated. Robyn tilted the crate, Teddy stepped out, stared toward me . . .
Teddy stare

. . . and he crouched, preparing to spring.
Teddy about to spring

Off Teddy went.
Teddy taking off

And quickly gained altitude.
Teddy gaining  altitude

(The above three photos are within a second of one another.)

Teddy flew off into the distance and vanished between the trees.

Teddy flying away

It is such a joy (and privilege) to watch an eagle returning to his own life!

I have a 15-photo album at the CWC public page on Facebook.

Photo note: I used a Pentax K20D, with the SMC-A f2/35mm, for the first photo, and a Pentax K3, with the SMC-DA* 60-250mm lens, for the remaining ones, taken on 8 January 2016.

Note 2: Earlier bald eagle releases: Canace (January 2013), Xena (September 2013), and Lana (October 2015).

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