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|Subject:||Re: DEAD SEA-EAGLE MYSTERY|
|From:||Dr Richard Nowotny <>|
|Date:||Sat, 19 Jul 2003 00:42:30 +1000|
My thoughts exactly, David. As I was reading
the original posting I immediately thought that a fall to earth with
talons locked was the most likely explanation, given the description
provided and having seen a Sea-eagle pair engaging in talon-locking and
subsequent falling through the air near Julatten/Kingfisher Park.
Why else would 2 birds be found in such close proximity? Very hard
to explain via the poisoning theory, surely.|
However, in the vets' defence, each of them saw only one bird, and may not have been provided with the full, and very suggestive, story. However, if they did get the whole picture one has to ask why they would so readily head down the poisoning path.
Nonetheless, a very interesting observation whichever way one looks at it.
The symptoms "...two dead sea-eagles a few metres apart, one was crumpled into the ground. Both were bleeding from the beak and had scratched, bleeding talons. ..... One vet said that the bird had not eaten for a few days and suffered from internal haemorrhage which could be the result of poisoning. The other vet said that the results were inconclusive but may have been the result of poisoning. "
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