Fal­con’s lucky break

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Rose Best

A call was re­ceived from Roy Hill con­struc­tion site ear­lier this year say­ing that they had found an in­jured fal­con or hawk near the road.

They were ad­vised to wrap the bird up, of­fer it some wa­ter, put it in a box and keep it some­where quiet.

The next morn­ing it was trans­ported to Tom Price — about a five-hour drive — and I in­den­ti­fied the bird as a grey fal­con.

There was an in­jury over his right eye and a dam­aged el­bow, so I took him to get him vet checked.

We also re­ported that a grey fal­con had come into the care of the Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife, which is re­quired be­cause they are an en­dan­gered species.

I con­tin­ued to re­ha­bil­i­tate the Fal­con, nurs­ing him in a pet crate for two weeks be­cause he was very wob­bly on his legs.

In the wild Fal­cons mainly hunt other birds which is hard to repli­cate in cap­tiv­ity, so we fed him kan­ga­roo meat mixed with cal­cium and vi­ta­mins. He will be kept in care un­til fit enough to be re­leased back into the wild by An­dreas Ton­ndorf in Tom Price.

Grey fal­cons are one of Aus­tralia’s rarest birds of prey, with only a few left in the wild.

Pic­ture: PWCA

This Grey Fal­con was in­jured.

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