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Young bald eagles released

November 14, 2011 at 05:46 PM

The Associated Press

UTICA — Two young bald eagles were released into the wild Saturday on an island in the Illinois River across from Starved Rock State Park.

Several hundred people at the park near Utica watched their release.

The first eagle flew straight for the crowd, then headed west with a couple of rest breaks on branches.

The second flew into trees at the Plum Island Eagle Sanctuary.

The pair of males had been rescued after a storm knocked their nest from a tree in May near Batavia.

The two learned to fly and scavenge for food at Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation in Barrington.

Dawn Keller of the wildlife center says Starved Rock is home to numerous bald eagles during the winter.

She says young eagles need to scavenge food from adult eagles.

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