Would You Like to Play Fetch with a Sea-Eagle?

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This streaming video shows a man playing fetch with Evie, his white-tailed sea eagle. This is a fun game if you enjoy having a 14-pound bird with an eight foot wing-span fetching a tennis ball — and sometimes puncturing your hands or arms with her sharp talons so badly that you need to visit the local hospital [2:26]

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grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to Would You Like to Play Fetch with a Sea-Eagle?

  1. Tabor says:

    Seems to be a lot of love there…all is fair in love and war.

  2. storyteller says:

    What a fun video. My lab loves to play fetch with tennis balls too, but I’ve never seen anything like this. Thanks for sharing ;–)
    Happy Belated Blogoversary too.
    Hugs and blessings,

  3. Mohammad says:

    OMG!
    I come from Saudi Arabia, where a lot of falconries are there, but never thought of a trained eagle 🙂
    I wonder why would Saudis train falcons ONLY? what is wrong with eagles? Are they just less efficient?