Sunday Morning Captures And Freedom Restricted

I took the day off yesterday. We did get about an inch of snow. My knee was swollen so I decided to take a day off. Got out this morning and shot for a while. The eaglets are growing fast at the one nest.

Access to the other nest that has the pair of eagles I watched for the last seven years at our state park has been shut off. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife has posted signs to keep folks away. This I feel is their response to an incident at their old nest last year. When two of the three eaglets were captured by an unlicensed rehabber . I happened to be at the old nest when two of the eaglets fledged.  One perched in the nest tree but out of the nest. One still in the nest. One that had made it to the ground which is normal.

The state parks folks arrived along with one fish and wildlife person. They usually close the area off to auto access once the eaglets began fledging. They normally allowed foot access. The naturalist from the park said they were closing the area so I left. After leaving two of the eaglets were captured. One by a bucket truck being brought in to capture the eaglet perched in the tree. The eaglets were later removed from that person and released at another location in another state. This is not normal. Usually recovered eagles or eaglets are released back in to their home area. I only care that the eaglets were healthy, although it seems wrong that they were taken away from the parents that worked so hard to raise them. Then released elsewhere.

A fuss was made by local folks over this incident. The rehabber that took the eaglets was not prosecuted. My guess is that they could not as there was a fish and wildlife person there. Not sure since I left. I feel the closing off of the area at the new nest is so that no incident will occur again. It is obvious that the eagles were not disturbed enough for seven years to stop nesting and raising young at the old nest. In my opinion the old nest was falling apart is why they changed nests which is normal for eagles to change nests periodically through their lifetimes. Restricting the area is taking away the freedom of all the folks, including myself that were able to watch the eagles go about their business for years.

Am I upset? In a way as the area the new nest is in is a good place to observe and photograph lots of other wildlife. Ducks, small birds, shorebirds in migration. Mink, Beaver, Muskrat, Deer, Turkey, etc. My knowledge of eagles was learned through observation of this pair of eagles over a lot of years. It is a high probability that I have observed eagles more than anyone in the fish and wildlife department. Come to think of it I am upset. Our countries symbol of freedom. Which are thriving. There are more eagles in the area then there ever were before. And so it goes…

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Sunday Morning Captures And Freedom Restricted

  1. I really wish people would just leave wild birds and animals alone and let nature run its course. It was that way long before we got here!
    I wonder if that heron fell into the water.

    • Jim says:

      New Hampshire Gardener,
      I agree. The heron did not go all the way in to the water. Reached down and grabbed the fish but the lower part of its body went in the water as it flew to the bank…

  2. Ellen Bunnell says:

    I’m appalled at the idea of ‘rehabbers’ taking normal, healthy eaglets right out of the nest! I don’t get it. And why release them elsewhere, especially out of State. I could cry, this is sad, for the birds, both eaglets and adults. Makes no sense. Okay, I’m my gripe is done, at least in print but not my thoughts.

    • Jim says:

      EllenBunnell,
      The rehabber was licensed for other wildlife I was told. It would be my guess lack of knowledge on her part and that of the Fish and Wildlife dept rep that was there allowed it to happen. They did not take the one out of the nest. Only the two that were fledging and out of the nest. A lot of it does not make any sense. Fish and wildlifes response to close off the area at the new nest makes sense only in that it decreases the chance of that happening again. To the detriment of those who have watched the pair for years know can only do so from a distance to far to tell what is happening. It is sad, who knows the eagles may rebuild back at the old nest in the future. The nest they are in now is where they had a nest before or close to it I believe. Been enough years I forgot the exact tree…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *