Saturday, January 22, 2011

All's Well that Ends Well

The Building's & Docks foreman came up to my office this morning to report a bald eagle had caught its foot in a railing and was unable to extricate itself.  I located the Fish and Game office number for him and went downstairs to see - yup - a bald eagle hanging upside down like a bat.
The eagle was actually pretty stoic about the whole thing, considering.  I thought it was cool that another immature eagle perched on the railing above him, keeping him company.  I always tend to anthropomorphize pretty much any animal I observe, so what I attributed to loyal companionship on the part of the second eagle may have been it waiting for the trapped eagle to die so he could eat it . . .
After awhile, someone showed up to free the eagle.  You can just see the top of the dog kennel to the left that he brought in case the eagle needed further rehabilitation after release.  The guy was wearing gloves, but otherwise absolutely no protective gear of any kind, earning him Captain Cojones status in my book. In about 30 seconds he had freed the eagle's claw from where it was wedged and the eagle flew off like nothing happened.  I apologize for the quality of the pictures but the only camera at hand was the cheapie one we use in engineering to snap photos of parts to help source them out.  Not something you see every day, fortunately!


Suzassippi said...

Now that is an exciting way to start the day!

Richard & Penelope said...

Send me a few of those green stones and let me see what kind of a polish they will take. I had some material from India that you could easily scratch with a knife and it took a great polish. We are in AZ for the next six weeks. In room phone is 1 (480) 473-4213. The address is
Scottsdale Villa Mirage
7887 East Princess
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

WE are glad that you two had a great vacation and am glad to here that you are feeling better.
Love Dad & Penny

Gorges Smythe said...

" I always tend to anthropomorphize pretty much any animal I observe..."

After over a half-century of watching both people and animals, I think the animals are often more "human" than are the people.

Alaska Steve said...

Dad, great to hear from you and glad you are safe in Arizona! I'll get some of that green rock rounded up for you and into a flat rate priority box - the postal service will love me for it.

Gorges, I couldn't agree more. Love your blog and I'll be adding it to my sidebar next time I'm tinkering with the setup.

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

How kind of you to do that! You essentially saved that wonderful predator's life. Because yes, I'm sure his friend was clicking off the seconds on his wristwatch.


Lori said...

Awe - poor baby! Glad he/she was OK. Neat pics and a great little story for today!

bre said...

The last picture really shows the size of the birds. Quite amazing!
I really think the companion was just that, a companion or curious toddler. Silly bro..