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I suggest this young eagle is in agony. The humane thing, [ as per SPCA], would be to put it down out of mercy and bury it to prevent the spread of disease to other birds and creatures who would feed on it. If you see this and ignore it then it will soon drop and the disease will spread. I am not a professional naturalist, have no authority to kill Eagles and do not own a rifle. Thus I only post this to inform those with the authority to do whatever the experts deem wise. I first noticed this growth on three different crows at Lafarge on the Dyke Road, Courtenay Comox BC, near the bird lookout. So far I have informed the Comox Band and the Comox city hall as they know who the local 'experts, are. I hope this can be stemmed before it spreads. Anyone who has advice about this is welcome to comment. TG

Brand:EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
Camera:Canon EOS 550D
Lens:Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:17 Nov 2012 - 1:00 PM
Focal Length:387mm
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Eagle Sadness
Username:tonyguitar tonyguitar
Uploaded:21 Nov 2012 - 3:33 AM
Tags:Eagle, Eagle illness., Eagle tumours, Eagle sickness, Wildlife / nature
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Hermanus
Hermanus  1 South Africa
21 Nov 2012 - 3:45 AM

Oh Tony what a sad photo !! Could this be as a result of pollution ? I really hope your photo helps to raise awareness !!

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wnbeat
wnbeat  829 forum posts Scotland
21 Nov 2012 - 7:49 AM

Would seem too me the kindest thing to do , well spotted and I hope someone near you can do the necessary !!SadSad

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EMJAYCEE e2 Member 4EMJAYCEE vcard England9 Constructive Critique Points
21 Nov 2012 - 8:43 AM

You have done all you can Tony - hope some action is taken.
Joan.

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achieverswales
21 Nov 2012 - 12:11 PM

This is terrible and action should be swift, why not send the photo to as many newspapers as you can and shame the authorities in to action.

Regards

Trev.

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User_Removed
21 Nov 2012 - 1:58 PM

Hi tony, This looks like the new form of the Avian Pox virus that is spreading in Britain, it is hitting the Tit family hard, the authorities know about it and have asked people to report any case's that they come across.
Regards, Alf.

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tonyguitar
22 Nov 2012 - 12:18 AM

THANK YOU FOR THAT INSIGHT alf. oOOPS TYPING IN THE DARK AGAIN.
I have a return email from the bird banding officials in Vancouver. They passed the info on to the proper university team and asked for photos of the crow as well.

The Afflicted crow photo was forwarded as requested and both sad images are on my blog.
PhotoTonyG.blogspot.com

I realize ePhotoZine is not a 'birder's' web site, yet I don't think they mind if awareness is spread if it helps stem disease and limits its spread for everyone's benefit. I endevour to keep this fairly minimal.

I will pass on the news from Alf85 that Avian Pox virus is hitting the tit family and spreading in England. Our locals may not be aware of that.

Not sure where to keep you informed of this without leaning on ePhotoZine. My photo bog I guess. I will post updates there and mention a more official site where the topic is covered when and if I learn more. TG

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stevesilver
8 Dec 2012 - 3:57 AM

My god T.G. I've been so busy I've only just seen this. well done for showing it. I can only hope it can help, i,m speechless. all the best, Steve b'

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