Continuing with my recent post on bald eagle research being conducted on the Chilkat River in the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, I thought it would be interesting to show a video clip and photos of an eagle that is part of a different research project.
Research bald eagle number 24 is one of three eagles that are part of the research study being conducted by Steve Lewis of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Juneau, Alaska. The study is examining the effects of eagle nest removal at the Juneau airport (approximately 95 miles away). Number 24 is one of a pair of bald eagles who were nesting near the pond airstrip where float planes land and take off.
A year earlier, I photographed research bald eagle number 88, a control bird in that study. Research bald eagle number 88 originally had a GPS tracking pack, but later lost it. Interestingly, I photographed research bald eagle number 24 very near were I had previously photographed research bald eagle number 88.
Unlike the eagles I recently photographed that were part of Rachel Wheat‘s study, research bald eagles numbers 24 and 88 have a patagial tag (green wing tag) along with the solar powered GPS tracking satellite transmitter. The transmitter’s antenna can be seen sticking out of the eagle’s feathers to the right of the green patagial tag.
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