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Lady Baltimore

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 24 February 2016 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

In May of 2006, Lady Baltimore was found injured on Juneau's Douglas Island. She had been shot in her beak and the wrist of her right wing. Also, her left eye is completely blind from a detached retina . The impact of the bullet through her beak may have been the cause of the detached retina. With only one working eye, she doesn't have depth perception. Because of this, she has a tendency to run into things and wouldn't be able to hunt for her own food in the wild. The injury to her wing prevents her from achieving lift above six feet into the air. She is not releasable to the wild because these injuries are permanent and she would not survive on her own. The poacher was never caught.

It is estimated that Lady Baltimore was on her own for about two weeks with these injuries until someone found her. The reason for this estimation is due to her weight. She was about six pounds when she was found, where she is now about eleven pounds. She was originally thought to be a male because she was so light. Therefore, her name originally was Lord Baltimore.

The Juneau Raptor Center is a volunteer, non-profit organization that has served the community of Juneau since 1987. The Center has a dual mission:

They provide treatment and rehabilitation for injured wild birds from all over Southeast Alaska; and they provide education about wildlife to the public.

Photo captured on September 16, 2015.

NIKON D7000 1/20 second F/5.6 ISO 1600 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

A very fine portrait to accompany this sad story . . good to know she is in safe hands.

24 Feb 2016 5:25am

Michael Skorulski from Toronto, Canada

A beautiful and powerful bird. The details are impressive.

24 Feb 2016 5:45am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Poor girl! I'm glad she was found and saved. You have taken a beautiful portrait of this still proud bird. Poachers makke me sick!

24 Feb 2016 6:34am

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran


24 Feb 2016 7:07am

claudine/canelle from lorient, France


24 Feb 2016 7:42am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Fantastic portrait.:-)

24 Feb 2016 8:07am

yo from Ile de France, France

Un portrait qui montre parfaitement les caractéristiques de l'aigle : œil perçant, bec crochu, plumage....
Superbe !

24 Feb 2016 8:32am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Wouhaaaaaaaaa! magnifique ton portrait

24 Feb 2016 9:42am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Still looks great ! So majestic.

24 Feb 2016 9:48am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

It must be terrible when she was injured and alone ...A superb portrait !

24 Feb 2016 10:47am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

What a striking portrait and back story

24 Feb 2016 10:57am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Grandiose Portrait....

24 Feb 2016 11:36am

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada


24 Feb 2016 12:04pm

franz from Baden, Austria

a sad story with a happy end at least, and a terrific avian portrait! what a majestic bird ... no wonder it's a national symbol, too!

24 Feb 2016 12:11pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Beautiful and unique photo - nature and its resilience is so inspiring and you capture that so well in this image and accompanying story.

24 Feb 2016 12:13pm

Lai Chan See from Singapore, Singapore


24 Feb 2016 2:21pm

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

What a great shot!

24 Feb 2016 2:35pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

A magnificent image and a poignant story

24 Feb 2016 3:48pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A spectacular portrait-type picture of this magnificent bird.

24 Feb 2016 3:57pm

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland


24 Feb 2016 4:43pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Wonderful pose. She cannot be free but at least she is being taken care.

24 Feb 2016 4:45pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel rapace et vue quel bec jaune et ce blanc et noir fantastique.
Belle soiré

24 Feb 2016 5:13pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

A sad story with a happy ending ... and still she looks so majestic !!! Beautiful image ...

24 Feb 2016 5:28pm

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Excellent photo. These bird rescue organizations also allow us to see these magnificent birds up close.

24 Feb 2016 9:28pm

Moridi from Tehran, Iran

Very good capture. Superb.

24 Feb 2016 9:38pm

Ellebelle from Mosquito Town, Netherlands

Wonderfully exposed portrait!! Great details!

24 Feb 2016 10:58pm

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

That's definitely a great story behind a good portrait. Amazing. Thanks for sharing !

24 Feb 2016 11:01pm

outsidersworld from Everywhere, Germany

A beautiful proud bird ... the information on the condition of the bird when he was found is very sad ... I am glad that it ended well ... it is good that there are people who are to take care of threatened or sick animals ...
a beautiful photo ... I like your picture, the clear details and natural colors ... thank you very much for show and information ... 5*****

25 Feb 2016 12:00am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

What a beauty. Great shot.

25 Feb 2016 12:14am

James from Central Florida, United States

This is an excellent photo of this majestic bird ... thank you for the informative narrative - it is a shame that the poacher was never caught. Hopefully it is still an open investigation.

25 Feb 2016 1:23am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

A gorgeous portrait! This is just fabulous. I am glad that they were able to save her, I read in the newspaper that 9 bald eagles were found dead on the eastern shore of Maryland. They are still trying to determine if they were poisoned, maybe by poisoning mice and then the birds ate them. It was very sad.

25 Feb 2016 1:58am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

A beautiful portrait. The world is full of idiots. That poacher is major league.

25 Feb 2016 3:07am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

A wonderful portrait of this regal bird. Thank you for sharing her sad story, and for your efforts to maintain her health.

25 Feb 2016 3:13am

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful portrait of this magnificent bird. And a sad story with a happy end. Great work. :)

25 Feb 2016 1:31pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France

superbe cette face

25 Feb 2016 2:49pm

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