Meet Murray. This might not be my sharpest photo I have ever taken but it does have a story. He's been part of a project for 10yrs involving the effects of DDT and nesting birds. He looks normal besides his two bandings and the transmitter in the middle of his back.
We thankfully have stopped using DDT years ago and have had an increase in many birds of prey and others animal because of this.
In Bald eagles DDT would be found in the prey resulting in weaken breading eggs that would be crushed from the weight of the bird. Since Bald eagles only breed once a year and have a clutch of 1-3, this put them on the endangered species list. In 2007 they had been removed from this list because of the efforts to educate people in the effects of DDT.
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