Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2010/06/14

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Subject: [Leica] IMG: Cleopatra
From: hopsternew at (Geoff Hopkinson)
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2010 17:16:13 +1000
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Cleopatra has retained her regal bearing and dignity despite the disease!
Her beak appears to be broken /blunted though???


On 14 June 2010 14:54, Doug Herr <wildlightphoto at> wrote:

> The California Foundation for Birds of Prey held an Open House today, where
> several non-releasable birds were on display.  Among them was Cleopatra, a
> young female Golden Eagle who was found shortly after leaving the nest near
> death by a Sacramento-area rancher.  Cleopatra had contracted West Nile
> virus (thus the name) and though she is now fully capable of flight, the
> virus apparently led to neurological damage which prevents her form seeing
> clearly at close distances.
> Unusual for a raptor, Cleopatra has bonded with her handler and even
> appears to enjoy his company.  One of the foundation's goals is to train 
> the
> bird to accept other handlers because she is expected to live 50 years or
> so, and will out-live her handler.
> Technical stuff: R8/DMR, 280mm f/4 APO, shoulder stock & monopod.
> Leica-related notes:  the open house was well-attended and at least two
> visitors recognized the camera.  Two also noted the shoulders stock/monopod
> rig and its highly desirable combination of stability and mobility.
> The California Foundation for Birds of Prey's website is
> All comments welcome.
> Doug Herr
> Birdman of Sacramento
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