Giving an African Fish Eagle its attitude back…

 It is sad day indeed if you are a Majestic African Fish Eagle, and you loose your attitude….

That is what happened to the African Fish Eagle below.

A resident fish eagle of Rondevlei was lucky to escape becoming a statistic when it was rescued by Tim Carr on his Rondevlei estate, Reflections Eco Reserve in May 2015 – as per an article in the George Herald.

The bird was so weak that Carr was able to put it in a box before calling Dennis Robson from Radical Raptors, Plettenberg for assistance.

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Photo, by Nikki Smit, showing Dennis Robson of Radical Raptors measuring the wingspan of the African Fish Eagle.

After 48 hours, the bird began showing some sign of strength returning and, according to Forrest, after 72 hours he started showing a little ‘attitude’, which is “a very good sign”. From then on the bird steadily made enough progress for Robson to proceed with a test flight.

Robson and Forrest journeyed back to Rondevlei on May 13 with a healthy, strong and feisty African fish eagle.

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Thanks to, among others, Mark Brown (Nature’s Valley Trust), Dennis Robson and daughter Julia (Radical Raptors) and Minke Witteveen (Nature’s Valley Trust) the sick African fish eagle was nursed back to health and released back into the wild. Photo: Nikki Smit.

From the bottom of our hearts, we at the Knysna Log-Inn Hotel, would like to thank all the people who go the extra mile to make a difference in the lives of sick and weak animals.

We are incredibly lucky with so many amazing vets in the area. In this case the vets who helped were:- Dr Rolf Lamprecht of Knysna Veterinary Clinic, Dr Jannie Naude of Plettenberg Bay Veterinary Clinic.

Photo of another African Fish Eagle, with attitude, in flight, grabbing lunch.

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“African fish eagle just caught fish” by Mehmet Karatay


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