This African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) is suspected to have been involved in a territorial battle: Another larger fish eagle was witnessed grabbing this fish eagle by the head, resulting in puncture wounds to his face.
Both fish eagles fell into the Vaal dam where they eventually separated and the dominant, larger fish eagle flew away. This one couldn't fly out and got stuck in some nearby reeds and was retrieved by a couple who witnessed the entire scene.
Upon admission, we examined the eagle's wounds, finding that the puncture wounds had penetrated his sinus cavities. We attended to the wounds, hydrated the eagle, and started him on a course of antibiotics. Once healed, he was ringed with a SAFRING by Craig Natrass and he was successfully released.
Our thanks to the Mogans for assisting this gorgeous eagle and being instrumental in a second chance at life.
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Pics: Ashleigh Pienaar
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