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May 13, 2022 23:59:47   #
topcat Loc: Alameda, CA
 
Went to the egret tree, and I found that one had died. Sad
But the babies are still growing. Life and death is a natural process, I guess.


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May 14, 2022 00:57:37   #
niteman3d Loc: South Central Pennsylvania, USA
 
Is that just one bird or two?

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May 14, 2022 01:00:56   #
topcat Loc: Alameda, CA
 
One dead hanging from the tree. A mother and babies in the nest.
I know that it isn't a nice picture to look at, maybe one of the hardest to look at that I have ever taken.

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May 14, 2022 01:08:56   #
niteman3d Loc: South Central Pennsylvania, USA
 
The result of a fight, a fall, poison, old age? Guess there's no way to know if you weren't there. As you said... sad.

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May 14, 2022 02:35:14   #
dancers Loc: melbourne.victoria, australia
 
you must be a good man. to care about such a sadness. many would not!

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May 14, 2022 02:46:58   #
topcat Loc: Alameda, CA
 
niteman3d wrote:
The result of a fight, a fall, poison, old age? Guess there's no way to know if you weren't there. As you said... sad.


In previous years I have seen maybe one or two die in the tree. I don't know what would kill them in the tree, but it is sad to see that happen.
But life goes on.

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May 14, 2022 02:48:57   #
topcat Loc: Alameda, CA
 
dancers wrote:
you must be a good man. to care about such a sadness. many would not!


How could you not care about the sadness? I don't know if it was old age, something that he ate, or what. It is just a sad reminder of the story of life.

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May 14, 2022 03:02:55   #
niteman3d Loc: South Central Pennsylvania, USA
 
My first thought was this if there is no sign of injury?

https://www.audubon.org/news/high-mercury-levels-pose-another-setback-arctic-birds#:~:text=Now%20scientists%20are%20adding%20another%20hardship%20to%20the,which%20could%20be%20dangerous%20for%20their%20population%20numbers.

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May 14, 2022 03:23:56   #
topcat Loc: Alameda, CA
 
niteman3d wrote:
My first thought was this if there is no sign of injury?

https://www.audubon.org/news/high-mercury-levels-pose-another-setback-arctic-birds#:~:text=Now%20scientists%20are%20adding%20another%20hardship%20to%20the,which%20could%20be%20dangerous%20for%20their%20population%20numbers.


I hope that is not the cause, that would be terrible for a lot of birds around here.
I hope that it was something that was painless, whatever it was.
Maybe some injury?

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May 14, 2022 05:51:22   #
Architect1776 Loc: In my mind
 
topcat wrote:
Went to the egret tree, and I found that one had died. Sad
But the babies are still growing. Life and death is a natural process, I guess.



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May 14, 2022 05:53:27   #
Irvingite Charles Loc: Irving, Tx
 

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May 14, 2022 06:51:17   #
dancers Loc: melbourne.victoria, australia
 
topcat wrote:
How could you not care about the sadness? I don't know if it was old age, something that he ate, or what. It is just a sad reminder of the story of life.


It made me tearful.

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May 14, 2022 08:26:57   #
sb Loc: Florida's East Coast
 
Bird flu has hit central Florida. We have had eight bald eagles die from it in Brevard County in the past few months. Scavengers like vultures are being hit hard, but birds that hang together in large flocks are being hit - it might be a hard time for birds in rookeries. Dead birds should be reported to the Florida Wildlife Commission so (if possible) they can determine whether or not it was bird flu.

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May 14, 2022 09:06:36   #
Retired CPO Loc: Travel full time in an RV
 
Good photo, even if sad. At least we know he/she left survivors behind to continue on into the future.

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May 14, 2022 10:12:07   #
jederick Loc: Northern Utah
 
Sad but a great image worthy of your title!!

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