East of Siberia: An Osprey, Until It Wasn’t

A wounded bird survives a broken wing — and then survives the well-meaning ministrations of humans

This bird was fed fish for weeks Credit: Photograph © Jonathan C. Slaght

I took a look at this bird under the artificial light of the entryway. The bill didn’t seem right — not blunt and hooked like it should have been — and the whole body shape seemed off.

A rare, light-morph Oriental honey buzzard. Photograph © Jonathan C. Slaght

The honey buzzard looked up at me intently when it was done, like a dog that knows I have more bacon. The final portion was consumed with equal gusto.

WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store