On a scalding hot March day, my animal protection network summoned me to
the Koh Saray shipyard where I found a sheet of tin roofing sitting in the
open sun on a six-inch ring of chicken wire. The tin was to hot to touch, so
I flipped it off with a stick; sure enough, a brown baby eagle was flattened
on the dirt to escape touching the hot tin. The book might say that eagles
don't sweat, but this two-month old baby's feathers were wet with sweat. It
was obviously weak, unable to move, let alone stand.
The baby had a long journey before it becomes a majestic adult like our
mascot Matilda, the Hook-Beaked sea Eagle displaying her fully-grown colors
just meters over Sin Daam Rong. White Belly Sea Eagles live 30 years and
take five years for the adults striking full coloration to develop. Until
then, infant and juvenile eagles display a camouflage brown color mix so
they blend into terrestrial surroundings. Fully-fledged sea hunters display
a white belly with dark after wings.