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The successful rehabilitation of a Giant Petrel

This Southern Giant Petrel was brought into us by Department of Conservation. The bird was extremely tired and anaemic and we doubted we would be able to keep it alive. Thanks to Vet Kirsty for being a super duper blood collector. And thanks to Lisa from the Wildlife Hospital in Dunedin for the advice and reassurance along the way.For the first 24 hours he was given lots of warm electrolytes via a large tube. He was kept in a warm, noise-free environment, but we struggled to find the right size ...

June 20, 2020

Lead toxicity in Australian Harriers (Hawks)

These magnificent big birds are not everyone's favorites as they can kill chickens. But they are a common bird suffering at the hands of humans and the effects we have had on their environment traffic-wise and as prey being shot with lead. The treatment of these birds may not be necessary for the conservation of the species as they are doing very well in population numbers. However caring for them and lowering lead levels can teach us a lot about raptors in care. Many of thos...

June 19, 2020

Matuku (Bittern) Released into the Otama Wetland

Courtesy of the Otama Reserves Group, March 26, 2020 A rescued Matuku – Hurepo (Australasian Bittern) was released into the Otama Wetland Reserve on the 26 of March by DOC Ranger Troy McDonald and Paul Kington from the Otama Reserves Group. ...

April 25, 2020

A Career Change for Kenny the Kereru

In early December a baby kereru (native NZ wood pigeon) that had fallen from its nest was delivered to Kuaotunu Bird Rescue.  This is not the first time we have had Kereru babies, but we've never had one as small as this. We nicknamed him Kenny.I made a call to Project Kereru to find out what the best rearing food is for these birds, as the mother feeds them crop milk. Kereru are one of the few birds in the world that produce crop milk for their young. I was advised to order a special diet ...

February 12, 2020

Watch out for little blue penguins on Coromandel beaches

Kuaotunu Bird Rescue is asking the public’s help in order to save the lives of sick or distressed little blue penguins who are turning up along the Coromandel shoreline. Annemieke Kregting from the rescue centre says birds are starting to arrive at the centre as juveniles who are leaving the nest get into difficulty. “Chicks hatch between September and December and are eight weeks when they’re fully grown. The parents feed them in the nest until then. Once the chicks are independent, the ...

November 6, 2019

Critical Care Incubator

We are delighted to have received a grant to help us buy this beautiful much needed Incubator. It was on our wish list for a while. It is crucial to have temperature and humidity control for some of the critical and young birds. Our first patient to use it, a White Faced Heron chick, is enjoying the warmth and comfort....

September 18, 2019

Australasian Gannet

This beautiful Australasian Gannet was found on the beach in Colville and came to us via my trusted driver from Coromandel, Neville Cameron.It is quite difficult to examine large birds on your own, so a trip to Peninsula Vets was best to find out why it wasn't flying, with the diagnostic tools and equipment they have available....

August 9, 2019

Bittern

The Australasian Bittern is a NZ endangered species. There are believed to be fewer than 900 left in the country. This very shy wading bird lives in swamps and wetlands and eats small fish, frogs and insects. Not much is known about this magnificent big bird as they are hard to find, and when approached they stand still and lift their head upwards so they are as camouflaged as possible....

June 3, 2019

The "Bird Catcher Tree"

The Parapara tree or Pisonia brunoniana is a New Zealand native and a member of the Bougainvillea family.  It is an island dweller mainly, found on places like the Three Kings and the Hen and Chicken Islands, but can also be found in a few coastal places in the North Island. To ensure the dispersal of its seeds, the seedpods are encased in a sticky coating which glue themselves to the feathers of passing seabirds....

June 2, 2019

Oscar the Variable Oystercatcher

Meet Oscar (named by Vet Kirsty-Anne Holtzhausen) I got a call that an oystercatcher was injured after it was hit by a car. I asked the caller to drop it at the vets and said that I would call in there soon to see what could be done.X-rays needed to be taken to asses the damage on the left wing. It revealed a humerus fracture (equivalent to a human upper arm)....

May 23, 2019

It Might be Winter but the Birds Keep Coming...

Kuaotunu Bird Rescue is quieter in winter time but we still take in birds on a regular basis. In winter we see road accidents and window strikes and so on, where in summer you deal with young birds fledging and the problems that arise from that. Also in summer the population of Coromandel increases and therefore more people find injured or sick wildlife. This time of year it is also good to get ready for a busy summer ahead. Taking stock and see what improvements we can make, sorting a...

July 10, 2018

Interesting Visitors over the Winter Months

A Kereru chick with “splayed leg syndrome”. A nest with two kereru chicks had become dislodged during a storm in Whitianga. One nestling had died and the surviving one was brought to Kuaotunu Bird Rescue. Feeding 4x daily with a special rearing mix (formulated with quality protein, also used to feed Kakapo chicks), which was hard to source and was kindly donated by Oxford Bird Rescue Centre. After a few days we noticed the chick wasn’t able to use it legs and bear weight. Greg Stanaway at ...

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