March 2009

It is with a heavy heart that I write this post.
I lost Sinte to an encounter with an eagle a few days ago. She flew over a rise an out of my sight. I thought at first that she may have seen a rabbit or was just mad at me and pouting. So I waited for a bit, but by the time I got to her, it was too late. I take full responsibility in this situation and do not hold the eagle in question responsible at all. It is mating season here in the west, and at this time of year the raptors can become quite territorial and don't tend to take kindly to sharing their hunting areas. I will miss her, and I hope that she is somewhere out there soaring above the sage covered hills that she enjoyed so well... with the sun shining down upon her and the wind at her back...


kjpweb said...

So sorry to hear that. Though that is the nature of all things wild - and I don't see a fault on any ones end. We simply can not want to be preserving nature at it's best and then complain about her doing her thing.
But I'm pretty sure she now soars on a different plane. :)
Cheers, Klaus

Albert A Rasch said...

Ms Stacey,

I wrote a little invite to all the folks over at Outdoor Bloggers Summit to come and introduce themselves. The post is at my blog here.

Life throws stones at us sometimes, I guess it's the laws of nature. Doesn't make it any more palatable though. I hope you'll keep plugging away.

My sympathies and regards,
Albert A Rasch
The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles
The Range Reviews: Tactical
Proud Member of Outdoor Bloggers Summit

Anonymous said...

I'm just learning about raptors and falconry and what the relationship between the birds and their handlers is, but I think I'm starting to understand it a little, thanks to the falcony bloggers who are OBS members. I'm sorry for your loss.

I found your blog via Albert. I'm sure I'll be stopping by again. I try to make the rounds of as many outdoor blogs as I can.

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry to hear this. I love animals, and admire you greatly for the work you do.

I am sure she is soaring freely, and happily.


All my best,

Bonnie Bonsai said...

Your love for these regal creatures is surely shown in your passionate concern of his lost.

Ginnymo said...

That is so sad. I have tears in my eyes. I am so sorry Stacey.:(

hillybillyfarmgirl said...

I just adore raptors, absolutely love your photographs!
They are just perfect!!!

hillybillyfarmgirl said...

Oh, I just looked at the photos at first, started to read after I made a comment... I am so sorry that you lost your special "friend". It is always hard to loose an animal.
I feel with you!

Stacey Huston said...

Not a problem Farm Girl.. all part of working with wild animals.. I knew that when I decided to follow this calling.. thanks for your kind words..

Jason "all in one printer" Collins said...

I really felt so sorry for what had happened.

Anonymous said...

her spirit is still with u and in u and yours in her, your reunion will be joyous

JanaBanana said...

Awww so sorry for the loss. What a beautiful bird... Do you have any Falcons in your care right now Stacey?

Connie Kelts said...

There is nothing more breath taking than watching a osprey dive, an eagle hit a salmon, as funny as trying to watch a golden get in the air when his belly is to full to get off the ground or as tricky as trying to hand feed a baldy who has eaten two many poisoned gophers.

I am from Alberta, transplanted in Texas and you will think this is crazy but one of the things I miss the most is the sound of a raptor scream. It's tuff to lose a friend.