Osprey rescue a big challenge
THE windy weather over a recent weekend resulted in a few calls to Australian Seabird Rescue, but none more challenging than the plight of a baby osprey blown from its nest at Ballina by the strong winds.
“Sunday afternoon is never a good time to be calling in help, but thanks to the quick response from Country Energy and Ballina Shire Council, our baby osprey was back in the nest after only a couple of hours,” ASR spokesman Keith Williams said.
“Time is critical in this situation. By minimising the time away from the nest it is less likely the parent will reject the youngster.
“A check of the nest on the Monday morning proved the baby had settled back in and was being fed by mum
“I must also give a big 'thank you' to all the people that phoned about a cormorant with fishing line coming from its mouth hanging around the jetty at Fawcett Park,” Keith said.
“It took three weeks for us to catch him and in that time we received over 40 calls about this bird.
“We tried everything we could think of and eventually caught him by net from a boat.
“A quick trip to the vet to remove the hook and a few days in care and he was released well away from that stretch of the river.
“The last thing we want is for him to be tempted by a fish on a hook again.
“Most bird injuries are caused by unattended lines or while people are fishing.
“If you accidentally hook a bird try to gently bring the bird in and remove the hook.
“Trailing fishing line can get caught around wings and is potentially lethal. If you need help, call ASR.
“We have our regular 10am school holiday tours starting on Saturday where people can find out more about what we do and the wildlife we care for.
“All money raised goes directly towards the cost of operating our wildlife rehabilitation centre.”
The Lance Ferris Memorial Dinner will be held in Ballina RSL on December 12.
“Lance was a much loved figure in this community and ASR is his legacy. Lance passed away in October 2007,” Keith said.
Anybody who can help is encouraged to contact Keith at ASR on 6686 2852.
Tickets are available from the RSL.