Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Bald Eagle Attacks Nest at the Marco Island Nature Preserve & Bird Sanctuary

A foreign bald eagle entered the Marco Island Nature Preserve & Bird Sanctuary and attacked a nest belonging to a female eagle named Calusa (pictured above) and her two eaglets. Photo by Frank Steiger.

By Samantha Husted

On Friday evening, a foreign bald eagle entered the Marco Island Nature Preserve & Bird Sanctuary and attacked a nest belonging to a female eagle named Calusa and her two eaglets. The attack comes less than a week after Paleo, Calusa’s partner, was found dead on the preserve due to an electrocution.

FWC officers retrieve the fallen eaglets, who, despite the fall appear to be doing well. Photos by John Busch.

The male eagle attacked the nest after Calusa dropped off a fish for her two babies. Witnesses say the eagle swooped into the nest and ejected the two eaglets. He then ate the fish Calusa had caught. When Calusa returned, she ran the foreign eagle off of the property.

According to witness Doreen Hertel, observers at the sanctuary called the authorities to report the incident.

“It was unbelievable as we watched the eagle bringing it [the eaglets] down by the wing,” Hertel said.

Officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) arrived on the scene shortly thereafter. They were able to locate the two eaglets on the ground. The eaglets were then transported to the Conversancy of Southwest Florida for monitoring.

“We will stay in touch with the conservancy to follow their progress,” the Marco Island Nature Preserve & Bird Sanctuary said in a Facebook post on Friday. “The eaglets did not seem to have any injures and were pretty feisty. We would like to thank the FWC and the conservancy for their fast response and excellent work.”

Carl Way, chairman of the Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary hands an FWC officer a box containing one of the eaglets. Jon Busch and his granddaughter Peyton look on.

If you encounter a dead or injured eagle the FWC asks that you contact the FWC OLE Department at 888-404-3922. Please do not attempt to pick up the bird or take any of its parts (feathers, talons, etc.). This is prohibited under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

To keep up to date on the eagles, visit www.Facebook.com/MarcoIslandNaturePreserve

 

 

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