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"I have a new beak. Thanks Doc !!!"

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Copyright: Stephan Duchesne (iglootrek) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 10 N: 460] (1623)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel, CMOS ISO 200
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bald eagles head [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-25 0:06
Viewed: 4882
Points: 25
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture was taken last year at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Center located in Errington on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Here is the story of BRIAN THE EAGLE.

Brian, the eagle named after the dentist who gave of his time to help this eagle, was brought to the centre by volunteers from Rory’s Refuge in Tofino. Apparently residents of Tofino heard a gun shot and saw a truck driving away. They found the bird and quickly took it to Rory’s refuge where it was then transported to North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington, BC.

The shot blew away most of his upper beak, leaving just the tip, which remained attached to his skull by a thin piece of cartilage. Some veterinarians suggested that Campbell put Brian down but Campbell persevered, and slowly the bird started to recover.

Campbell, believing that where there’s a will, there’s a way, alerted the local newspaper asking if there might be a dentist in the area prepared to give Brian a new beak. That’s when Dr. Brian Andrews from Nanaimo, B. C. offered his services.

Andrews took an exact mould and then built a wax model of it for the dental technician, Fred Leak from Victoria, to work with.

When the mould was ready, Leak constructed a permanent prosthesis tinted yellow to match the rest of Brian’s beak...

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There is a lot of good and evil in this world. Thanks for sharing the inspiring story of this fierce bird. Great portrait.

great & interesting portrait, stephan! :-)
and a nice story - what a poor bald eagle.
i´m glad he could have been helped.
thanx for showing&telling, thor.

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  • alexbf (61)
  • [2005-10-25 8:11]

Superbe portrait. Très net. C'est une image saisissante de voir cet aigle "réparé".

Bonne idée d'avoir inclu l'histoire aussi!


Hello Stephan,

I believe that I saw this case on tv, some time ago.

Great job on this wonderful portrait, clearly showing the prosthesis and wonderful eye on Brian.

It is somewhat reassuring to know that there are still people who care, unlike the person who did this damage in the first place.

Well done and thank you for sharing his wonderful story.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-10-25 8:55]

That is one cool eagle and the doc that fixed him up.

It is always nice to get a second lease on life.

Thanks for sharing.

The picture is nicely framed. However, I wish the background was all black instead of having the blue sleeve of the person holding the bird. Other wise, great picture and a wonderful story.

Hi Stephen

Very nice shot. Good light. Colours and exposure are great. Sharpness and detail are spot on. Good work. Thanks.

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  • ryyck Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 176] (994)
  • [2005-10-25 14:07]

Excelente imagem e, acima de tudo, é bom ver o esforço para ajudar a águia.

A wonderful job jere Stephan. The exposure and detail in your portrait is excellent. Great story. What an interesting post. Very well done. Thank You.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-10-26 20:44]

Hi Stephan,
Very nice and interesting portrait,
very good story, lucky eagle.
Thanks for sharing with us!

Je souhaite longue vie à cet aigle victime de la bétise des hommes. Il a eu de la chance d'être ainsi secouru. Sinon une mort affreuse l'aurait emporté.

Very interesting picture!

I said interesting rather that pretty because it's not the way we normally want to see this bird.
Tehcnically the picture is supersharp and the perfect exposure shows lots of details in its feathers.
Artistically the tight cropping brings attention on its beak and minimize the presence of the blue dressed person holding the bird. That blue is not an added value to the picture since it artistically disturb. But considering the story that came with the picture, it help to understand that there is peoples devoted to the care of different species of animal.
Not the prettiest blad eagle picture, but a beautiful documentary work. TFS

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  • Runs Silver Star Critiquer [C: 12 W: 3 N: 0] (55)
  • [2005-11-15 16:16]

Photo saisissante et histoire touchante. La bétise des hommes n'a donc aucune limite ?

Bravo pour ce cliché parfaitement piqué.

nice photo and good work of doctors. It is impoirtant to help an animals speciali the rare ones.

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