Archimedes - A Happy Ending

by Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue April. 07, 2018 2468 views

Yesterday I get a chance to follow up on long-eared owl Archimedes. I had an appointment in visitor centre at the Donau-Auen National Park in Orth on the Danube in the early afternoon. It's not far away from Haringsee, where the Greifvogelstation is located. My family wanted to spent the day at this special places too and so we drove at first in the morning to Haringsee – hoping for the best. The Greifvogelstation isn’t open for the public. Either you bring a rescued bird or you join one of the rare tours for visitors. We were just lucky to find the door open and get information about Archimedes. I also was allowed to take some pictures.

Archimedes was rescued in January and brought into the animal shelter by me. After a while the owl was transferred to Greifvogelstation. It took them almost two month to properly fed Archimedes up and to make sure all would be well. Even an eye specialist had a deep look into Archimedes big round eyes. In the end Archimedes got a bird ring, which is a individually numbered tag to the leg. Four owls were released into the wild several weeks ago and Archimedes was among them.

Thank you, Greifvogelstation Haringsee, for doing this amazing work!

Injured owls ...

Injured owls ...

... but Archimedes is alread healed ...

... but Archimedes is alread healed ...

... and free!

... and free!

I was to slow - at least the feet and talons are in focus.

I was to slow - at least the feet and talons are in focus.

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 6 months ago

Bless You, my dear! Bless the work of such caring people, who provide for these helpless creatures! Wonderful camera work!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 6 months ago

Thanks! blush  I was so happy ... 
Just snapshots, I was glad, to be allowed inside the cage at all. They do amazing work for all bird of prey. They take care of vultures too and have several injured birds from all of Europe. Some of them were breeding and therefore this part of the station is completely closed for strangers.

1 year, 6 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 6 months ago

Great experience!

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Jennifer Raknerud 1 year, 6 months ago

I love owls!  These are great photos!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Jennifer Raknerud 1 year, 6 months ago

Thanks! blush
I'm glad, that this specific owl, which was in such bad shape, survived.

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Sonia Lamba 1 year, 6 months ago

Love those big round eyes! Great work!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Sonia Lamba 1 year, 6 months ago

Yes, this eyes are mesmerizing - but as I understand, the remaining owls are heavily injured and some of them are blind or have severe eye problems - they can't hunt anymore.

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 6 months ago

You weren't too slow, it is Archimedes that is too fast. Thanks to you and the centre.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 6 months ago

smile 
Yes this owl was fast, but it wasn't Archimedes, who was already set free. This poor guys had to stay, because they are to heavy injured and nevertheless still fast!
I'm grateful, that I was allowed to take some pictures. I was looking into the open cage and made - without fussing a lot to focus the camera - some snapshots.

1 year, 6 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 1 year, 6 months ago

Lucky bird that he has met you. A woman with a bigsparkling heart

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 6 months ago

Thanks, but the two animal shelters made the big wonder happen ...

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Andi Saw 1 year, 6 months ago
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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Andi Saw 1 year, 6 months ago

Santa should bring bags of money to both of the animal shelters!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Andi Saw 1 year, 6 months ago

exactly! grinning

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Shane Coleman 1 year, 6 months ago

Great ending to a great story!

1 year, 6 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Shane Coleman 1 year, 6 months ago

Yes, Archimedes had a lot of luck and lot of people trying very hard to bring the little owl on "its wing and feet again.

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