Monday, 10 August 2009

Eagle Home

Hooray, Malachite the Tawny Eagle is back, we decided that after work on Sat we would just stay out until we had got him. So six of us left at 8.00pm, we got a signal from the telemetry - Marshall telemetry is SO good- and started walking, he was much further away than anticipated so after negociating the first deep stream, and various fields full of very curious cattle, it was almost dark. We found him the other side of the second stream, of course needless to say we were on the wrong side, so having found a tree that had fallen we scrambled over that in the dark and finally two fields away the telemetry took us to the tree and we could hear his bell. There was a house close by so before shining a ton of torches of him and making the locals suspicious enough to call the police I went up and called across to them and by sheer chance they had spent the day at the Centre and knew the eagle was missing. They very kindly took a couple of us back to our cars, which were a two hour walk away by now (and two streams!), and then when we had got them back, they lent us a ladder. The eagle was sitting quietly but the ladder flushed him out, we kept the spotlight on him and everyone pelted after him in the dark!! He landed by a hedge and Adam rugby tackled him - hooray!! He had lost 75 grams so we gave him fluids on his return and fed him little and often and he seems no worse for his four days out!!

Arabis is still not well, her eye is about the same and she is not the happy dog she was, but I hope the various treatments will make a difference soon.

Otherwise all the young birds are coming on nicely, the baby Snowy Owl is very exciting and looks like being a star in the Owl Evenings this coming winter. The birds did very well at Gatcombe Event this weekend and the weather was amazing.

Adam is cutting the hedge at the bottom of the garden, I wonder if I should tell him its not quite even!! Perhaps not! All the staff have been amazing and are working very hard, I wish I could win the lottery and give them all a bonus - ah well maybe one day..................



I have to say that keeping a weblog can at times become compulsive and at other times a chore. Sometimes I am berrated for not keeping it up and sometimes I get wonderful comments from people who follow the news of the Centre.

It is fun to share the daily goings on here, some good and some bad, some funny and some sad, but all a part of our daily lives.
And as I said before its a pretty cool to be here and it is a great place to visit, you should try coming and watching the birds and meeting the staff and of course the dogs.

An interesting video on Lead

An interesting video on Lead

I find it staggering that people who want to hunt don't see the value in changing their ammunition from lead to a safer product. We have stopped using lead in petrol, in paint, in our water pipes, but they still want to use lead - ah well, apparently eating it not only kills birds but leads to reduced intelligence in humans......................

NO ONE is asking you to stop legal and genuine hunting, they are just asking you to change your ammunition!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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