Sunday, February 23, 2014


Unfortunately PATRICK lost his battle with lead poisoning last night. As predicted, he did well for a day or so then went downhill quickly. Because his count was almost eight times what is considered a toxic level it was inevitable he would not make it but everyone kept trying. It still doesn't make it any easier to lose such a magnificent bird. He is an adult so there's probably a female waiting for his return to their home territory. We shall both miss seeing him fly free again.

The above photos were taken by the people at the ranch before he was gathered up. As you can see in the one picture, his eyes show how bad he feels. When disturbed he did open his eyes and assume a defensive posture but it didn't last long. Joyce Inchauspe and Richard Platt sent these photos and promised to keep an eye out for any other birds in trouble.

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