It's been several weeks now since we first told of the beautiful young sea eagle that had come to be at Animal Tracks with a broken leg and battered wing. We are very pleased to give an update on the wonderful progress she's making. Firstly, it was not evident before as she was still so young, but now the eagle is maturing it's certain she's a girl and she's fondly known to us all as Egu. The female of the species is larger than the male and this one's grown to be absolutely huge as you can see. She's certainly a lot happier than at the time of the first report as you can see, and if a bird could smile she'd be grinning.
Egu's broken bones are now fully healed, her feathers grown back and all that remains is to improve on her general fitness and most importantly ensure she is able to fly and make the transition back to the wild where she belongs. The Animal tracks team and especially Nikhil, the brilliant vet and an absolute expert in orthopedic surgery, who pieced back together this broken bird, are now at the stage of gradually preparing her for release. She needs to gain strength in order to lift into the air and soar high with the other sea eagles that we are so privileged to have living and nesting here in Goa.
At last Egu is learning how to be an eagle; she came to IAR as a fledgling and so probably has no airborne experience other than the first fall from high and consequential injuries that brought her to Animal Tracks. After months of slow and patient recuperation she now loves the feel the sun on her feathers, stretching and flexing her healed leg and gently feeling the warm air beneath her enormous wings. Little by little she is flying short distances, but the effort soon exhausts her and she makes it known when she is ready to go back into her quarters for a rest and some fish.
But before too long it's looking very optimistic that this magnificent bird will return to take her place in the wild, soaring high up on the thermals with her own kind. Hopefully she'll meet a mate and have her own chicks to care for....let's hope they have a more successful first flight than their mother when the time comes for them to fly the nest.