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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · This probably won't end well


I photographed this GBH back in April and it wasn't until I started editing that I noticed something wrong with his leg. It's really hard to tell but it looks like something got wrapped around it. I saw him again yesterday and it looks much worse. When I realized it was him I grabbed a quick shot and moved along so I wouldn't stress him or flush him out. There's a very good chance that if it continues he won't be able to feed. I hate seeing stuff like this because the animal can't do anything to help themselves.




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  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR lens    500mm    f/6.3    1/2500s    1000 ISO    -2.3 EV  






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  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR lens    600mm    f/6.3    1/6400s    800 ISO    -2.3 EV  




May 21, 2024 at 07:20 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · This probably won't end well


You have documented this well Gary with top quality images. Is there an animal rescue in your area? If there is and you can tell them where it is, they might capture it and take it to a vet.

Morris



May 21, 2024 at 08:16 AM
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morris wrote:
You have documented this well Gary with top quality images. Is there an animal rescue in your area? If there is and you can tell them where it is, they might capture it and take it to a vet.

Morris


Hi Morris. I emailed a rehabilitator off the NYS DEC website. Hoping I hear back from them.



May 21, 2024 at 08:18 AM
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Looks like some type of line that has been wrapped around there for quite some time as the leg continued to grow sadly. We had a GBH with only one leg that did very well, first time I saw it land amazed me!! Hope there is better solution for this guy/gal.

Karl

By the way, both shots are stunning



May 21, 2024 at 10:02 AM
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It is sad to see. Once I saw one on Dauphin Island that had what appeared to be broken leg. I contacted wildlife and a rehabber and they told me as long as it could fly, they would not do anything.

Lovely but sad pictures.

Birdie



May 21, 2024 at 12:14 PM
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Karl Witt wrote:
Looks like some type of line that has been wrapped around there for quite some time as the leg continued to grow sadly. We had a GBH with only one leg that did very well, first time I saw it land amazed me!! Hope there is better solution for this guy/gal.

Karl

By the way, both shots are stunning


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birdied wrote:
It is sad to see. Once I saw one on Dauphin Island that had what appeared to be broken leg. I contacted wildlife and a rehabber and they told me as long as it could fly, they would not do anything.

Lovely but sad pictures.

Birdie


Thanks for the response Karl and Birdie. I heard back from the rehab person. She said as best she can tell it looks like a bacterial infection that may have already gone to the bone. Being a "flyer" she says she would have only about a 5% chance of catching him.



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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · This probably won't end well


Excellent shots of a sad situation.


May 21, 2024 at 05:42 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · This probably won't end well


Lovely shots Gary and hoping Mother Nature finds a way for this guy to persevere and thrive!


May 21, 2024 at 06:20 PM
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Two super images Gary, always sad to see or hear for such things happening. You've documented it very well.


May 21, 2024 at 06:26 PM
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Gary,
A couple very nice photos. it is sad and concerning and hope he survives it with a quality life

Chris S.



May 21, 2024 at 07:58 PM
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Gary very very sad. Last year we had a similar problem with a GBH here. An older heron was always bullying a younger heron chasing it away all the time. One day the younger heron was in a tree about 25 above the ground and the the older heron flew right into and they both tumbled to the ground. From then on the young one walked with a bad limp with an injured leg. We called Toronto Wildlife who are fantastic, and they came out 3 times but could never catch the injured one as it could still fly really well. Eventually we stopped seeing the limper so we are not sure what happened, and we had a lot of people keeping an eye out. Not easy in the wild sometimes.

Dave



May 21, 2024 at 09:03 PM
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Jim Dockery wrote:
Excellent shots of a sad situation.


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jcnemy wrote:
Lovely shots Gary and hoping Mother Nature finds a way for this guy to persevere and thrive!


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louie champan wrote:
Two super images Gary, always sad to see or hear for such things happening. You've documented it very well.


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csinseattle wrote:
Gary,
A couple very nice photos. it is sad and concerning and hope he survives it with a quality life

Chris S.


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Dave_E wrote:
Gary very very sad. Last year we had a similar problem with a GBH here. An older heron was always bullying a younger heron chasing it away all the time. One day the younger heron was in a tree about 25 above the ground and the the older heron flew right into and they both tumbled to the ground. From then on the young one walked with a bad limp with an injured leg. We called Toronto Wildlife who are fantastic, and they came out 3 times but could never catch the injured one as it could still fly really
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I appreciate all your input and thanks for sharing your experiences. I guess it's just one of those things nature has to sort out on it's own. The Osprey are both on the nest so I'll be going back to see how that progresses and I'll keep a look out for this guy.



May 22, 2024 at 06:54 AM







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