The juvenile eagle was returned to its nest site today. It went well. He stood on the ground with his wings spread for a few minutes and then flew up into a low tree.
We wanted to keep him until he was flying so that he could have a better chance of getting back into the nest. Even once flighted, they still rely on their parents for food. So, this morning he decided to fly perch to perch in our largest flight cage. That meant it was time to go home!
On the way to release the eagle, we released a great horned owl that came from the same area. Releases are the best. Especially when they involve the bird returning home.