This is the bald eagle release video that goes with an earlier post of still photos. In the video, you'll hear raptor rehabilitator Mitzi Eaton explain the stress that goes with releasing a bird, especially eagles, who have a tendency to steer clear of people.
There was a crowd assembled at the release site, and Mitzi said it was the largest crowd she's ever had to talk with prior to the release. However, all the folks cooperated and were quiet during the event, and the bird soared to a nearby tree for a while. He then headed across the lake, looking as graceful as any other eagle-- even one who hasn't been in a cage for three months.