Text and photos by A Bear.
A few shots of a sick eagle. It has been allowing people to get within 20 feet which almost never happens with adult birds and never happens when they aren't being fed. The local avian rescue group has been looking to capture it but as it can still fly reasonably well it may have to get sicker before they can. They have incredibly powerful talons they use for attack and defense that can make rescuing them hazardous. A friend of mine who tried to catch one with a broken wing had its talons pierce his hand and penetrate his wrist to the bone. As they lock, he was fortunate to have his friend nearby to pry them loose much less not having a vital blood vessel severed. As it was it took months to heal enough for him to return to work.
The bird pictured may be on its last legs. As in older birds the eyes have almost white irises with me radial marks rather than the more uniform yellowy ones in younger birds.