Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Gabby comes home

Gabby is a male osprey raised as part of the recolonisation efforts at Lake Yankto, Ohio. Sometimes known as the 'fish eagle' this impressive raptor has been the subject of many successful projects to restore them to their wild homes in many locations across the world(US, UK, Spain) after a serious decline in population during the 1960's & 70's due to the overuse of the insecticide DDT.

Gabby, like many birds of prey is susceptible to aspergillosis when stressed and Gabby fell prey to this infection while a very young bird in captivity. He recovered after being treated at the restoration project centre but has since had to be rescued on several occasions after attempts to return him to the wild failed. After nine attempts he will now be kept permanently at the centre and play his part in the project by helping educate the public of the importance of preserving these birds.

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