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Forgot to post these photos of owls at the Shuttleworth Raptor Centre

OWLS! and a falcon )
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Sacred Kingfisher

A young, almost-juvenile sacred kingfisher. He is still young enough to gape at anything that moves, which means feeding him isn't the fight I usually have with kingfishers. Hopefully I'll get him to self feed meal worms and I Can't Believe It's Not Meal Worms from a tray. He hasn't been long out of the nest and is quite fat. Rehab looks good.
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Seriously unimpressed, not at all amused Tawny Frogmouth. I picked him up from a vet today who said he was releasable, but I notice that Aggro doesn't have much of a tail. Whether he lost it or is just young I do not know. I'll try a release tonight and see what happens.

Ooh! I can feel him glaring at me through the wall.
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Lucky bat is hanging on. He seems to have improved and is active and squeaking again. I hope he'll survive, but I know in my heart that he probably won't last the night.

In the meantime, something grumpy. )
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See what happens when I get a digital camera? I go mad taking photos and post them all over my journal. I have uploaded more photos to Flickr in the last two weeks, than I had in the previouse 2 months.

I blame Canon.

Sheesh. <i>More</i> photos! )
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Food?
Young magpie begging at the camera.
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Two magpies, 2 hungry hungry peewees.
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Raven died during the night.
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I now have in care an injured raven.

Photos to come. RWaaaaaaak!
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You haven't been glared at until you've been glared at by a tawny frogmouth. I thought eagles could glare, but they have nothing on a grumpy frogmouth in a cage she doesn't like.
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Needle Tailed Swift
Originally uploaded by battyden.
An injured Needle Tailed Swift that came into care on 1/1/07. I can't find anything wrong with it, so I'll take it to the zoovets tomorrow. These birds migrate south from North Asia to avoid the winters. They hunt and feed on the wing and can reach speeds of 130kph to avoid predators.

They have very weak feet and cannot perch, so I turned the cage on its end and hung a towel along the back so the bird has something to hang on to. In the wild they roost on high trees and cliff faces.
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The White Plumed Honey Eater has a new friend. He is a White Plumed Honey Eater. She has decided the small, green and grey bird with white ears is much more attractive than the large black and white birds. She still comes down to drink at the nectar station, and begs for meat-mix when it's being handed out, but I saw the pair of honey eaters in the bottle brush, sipping nectar. My baby is all growed up!
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One red-rumped parrot, four willy wagtail babies. The chicks are tiny and I'll be handing them to a baby bird expert tomorrow. Oh, and Fips, of course.

I had a young galah in care for a few days, but when I saw him clinging to the inside of the cage with three wild galahs clinging to the outside, I figured it was time to let him go. So I did. He hopped out, walked around with the others for a few minutes, and they all took off.

The youngest peewee was released a few days ago, which surprised his honey-eater friend. She flew into the empty cage, chirped a few times, then went back into the trees. I thought that was the end of it between them, but they still hang out together. I see them roosting side-by-side, and the honey-eater still begs for peewee food. She loves her feeding station though, and I go through quite a lot of nectar mix. I did see her having a go at bottlebrushes in the garden, which is nice. She can take care of herself.

The smallest peewee is getting used to living outside the cage but being the smallest he is picked-on by the older peewees. The older peewees still don't know what to make of him because the instant they try to assert their authority, they suddeny have a small, grey maniac bouncing off their heads and backs, screaming melodic battle cries in Honeyeater.

I've reduced the amount of food I feed the outside birds and they're learning to fend for themselves. The poor dogs have to put up with five peewees and two magpies stealing their evening meals. This is the wrong sort of fending, of course, but it won't last long.
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White Plumed Honey Eater
Originally uploaded by battyden.
Today I released three magpies and the white-plumed honey eater.


Large Photo )
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Peewees



Magpies


Noisy Miners


I had to do some cage shuffling today. The larger two of the young peewees went from the medium cage to the large cage with the two oldest peewees, the magpie in the small cage went into the medium cage (with a stop-over in a cardboard box) the smallest peewee and the noisy miner went into the small cage, and the new magpie is in the tiny nursery cage, because he's still too young to perch. The oldest peewee is sitting on the bottom of the large cage Being Grumpy because his personal space has been invaded. The miner and small peewee are snuggling together because it's all strange and scary and We Don't Like It At A--ooh food onna stick! The miner is also learning about eating nectar. He likes the mix a lot but he still won't drink on his own. He's looking a bit shabby because he mistook the nectar dish for the water dish and hopped in for a bath. I had to catch him and hold him under a tap to rinse the sticky gunk out of his feathers. Tomorrow I get a mouse drinker and make a fake flower.
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Peewee chicks (two of the four I have in care) and the noisy miner chick. The noisy miner is older than the peewees and is perching and flapping, but that doesn't strop her from jumping into the nest with the peewees for snuggly warmth. The nursery cage is one of those horrible, tiny cyclindrical jobs people torture canaries in, but it's excellent for chicks. It has 3 doors. When the peewees start to perch I'll move them into a larger cage.
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The Peewee Mafia stopped at the office and left me an offer I couldn't refuse.

Peewee

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