Monthly Archives: August 2015

Fundraising & Awareness Display at NPWS Fitzroy Visitors Centre

ARCC Inc are having a display at the NPWS Fitzroy Falls Visitors Centre in September.

We hope to raise awareness about ARCC Inc and also sell some merchandise to raise funds for our satellite tracking project. Various items will be available for purchase including bookmarks, greeting cards, pottery items, patchwork & other craft items & also limited edition fine art prints.

NPWS have just published the event on their website click here

We would like to thank the NPWS  Fitzroy Falls Visitors Centre as this event would not be possible without the generous support.

Please share this to your friends & help us get the word out!

or email info@australianraptorcareandconservation.com for more details.

Powerful Owl

Powerful Owl photo that appears on the NPWS website event page

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Wedge-tailed Eagles Getting Along Together

There are 5 Wedge-tailed eagles in the large flight at present. These birds all have varying degrees of feather damage from marked to extremely severe.

All also had other problems, but have now had a thorough veterinary examination by Dr Charlie Carter including, x rays, blood sampling, bacterial and fungal cultures from their feather shafts, retina checks and faecal analysis. Specialist diagnostic assistance has been sought with the results obtained, and treatments are now finished leaving the birds to rest quietly in the large flight.

Their change in attitude and demeanor is really remarkable, and the way they interact, chat, allo preen, roost together and appear to play is heart warming. They do genuinely seem to enjoy each other’s company and have all really sparked up since being introduced to each other.

Their individual colourings are beautiful.

Once again special thanks and gratitude to the organisations who have sent them here, trusting us with their care and giving them the combined best chance we can for them to soar free again.”

These wedge-tailed eagles are definitely getting along together

These wedge-tailed eagles are definitely getting along together

Wedge-tailed Eagle

Wedge-tailed Eagle

Wedge-tailed Eagle

Wedge-tailed Eagle

Wedge-tailed Eagle

Wedge-tailed Eagle

Wedge-tailed Eagle

Wedge-tailed Eagle

Wedge-tailed eagle

Wedge-tailed Eagle

Wedge-tailed eagle

Wedge-tailed Eagle

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Southern Boobook to be Relocated

This Southern Boobook was roosting in a food handling factory in the Illawarra, and his continual presence was not welcome. Having been removed once he quickly re established himself, and the predictions regarding his longer time life span should his habit continue were not great! He was caught up again and moved here for a thorough vet check ( which gave the all clear) and some thoughts on how we should handle the situation.

Consultation with both Steve Debus and Jerry Olsen, who were sent some of Mark’s images and the owl’s story gave us the following information:

“The two generations of tail feathers (old central feathers, others new) means that it’s not a first-year bird, i.e. must be at least second-year or older. This would mean an experienced bird, so I’d see no problem releasing it anytime anywhere far from the problem area (even 100 km, as Jerry said). As it’s likely that some Boobooks move during autumn-winter, it probably doesn’t matter that it’s not released near where it came from. It doesn’t look like a Tasmanian bird, i.e. it’s a mainland one, but who knows where its breeding territory might be, potentially many tens of km from where it was caught. If you want to give it a bit of help over the winter, it wouldn’t hurt to keep it another month or so”

Armed with that invaluable information he will be soft released from here when spring arrives.

Southern Boobook's age estimated by examination of tail feathers

Southern Boobook’s age estimated by examination of tail feathers

This Southern Boobook will be soft-released in spring

This Southern Boobook will be soft-released in spring

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