Onslow osprey spreads its wings
A fledgling osprey has taken its first flight just days after recovering from a 30m fall out of its nest in Onslow.
The young bird was spotted on the street below the Telstra tower in Onslow, near the top of which two ospreys have been nesting for the past few years.
Pilbara Wildlife Carers volunteer Marie-Pierre Duffault said remarkably, the bird suffered no injuries from the fall but required care while a plan was hatched to get it back home.
“We had to feed it by hand three times a day for five days, and in the meantime, my partner Geoff (Herbert) worked his magic and contacted somehow Telstra, who offered to send a team of climbers from Perth,” she said. “Five days later they came with a rope bag which turned out to be a brilliant idea as it had enough room for the Osprey to actually stand in it.”
Ms Duffault said there was a nervous wait overnight after Telstra’s climbers reunited the bird with its parents.
“It started to get a bit excited because he could see he was back home — he was flapping his wings so we were hoping it wouldn’t be silly and fall out again,” she said.
“The parents came back probably an hour later and recognised him but didn’t give him much attention originally.
“The morning after we had a good look and the baby was in the nest with mum stuffing their face with fish.”
Earlier this year Horizon Power delayed pulling an old power pole down in Karratha because a mudlark family had made a nest on it.
The juvenile osprey settles in at home.