It is always lovely to see the birds go back out into the wild again, especially when they have had a fairly long stay in with what you would imagine would be a painful break. This little Nankeen Kestrel presented with a fractured scapula and after diagnosis via x-ray it was determined that we needed him to remain calm and quiet for several weeks in order for it to heal….. so it was into a 3m x 4m x 3m aviary for 5 weeks for him after his intensive care. The perfect patient – he remained calm, ate well, and his feathers stayed in top condition.
After re-examining and x-raying, Charlie determined that the scapula looked great, and he was give gradually moved up through the aviary system until he was strong enough to go into the large flight. Finding his wings again he flew beautifully, hovering and circling, eating well and catching crickets and even finding a poor local skink that ventured in. After consultation with Steve Debus, and as a dispersing juvenile he was soft released from the aviary here to find his way in life.
Whilst it took a while for him to depart, once he was out through the big aviary doors he gathered himself in a nearby tree for a couple of hours then went off into the open countryside here that borders onto the great Morton National Park.