17.3 C
Byron Shire
April 18, 2021

WIRES rehomes baza chicks

Latest News

Head-on crash car traveling in wrong direction

Police say that two men are in hospital after an accident on the M1 overnight, when emergency services responded to reports of a crash involving two cars near Clothiers Creek

Other News

Beware of flood damage scams

NSW Fair Trading is warning consumers about opportunistic tradespeople trying to take advantage during the flood recovery process as the state gets back on its feet.

DPI has an eye on Lismore’s yellow crazy ants

The yellow crazy ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes) is a species of ant, originally from Southeast Asia, that has been accidentally introduced to numerous places in the world – including Lismore.

Holiday letting policy adopted by NSW govt

New state rules on short-term holiday lets (STHL) for NSW, announced late last week, won’t be introduced to the Byron Shire until as late as February next year, as the local housing crisis intensifies.

Remembering and Healing – the Northern Rivers peace effort

The community of Lismore are invited to join events organised by the Remembering and Healing (RaH) group over the weekend encompassing ANZAC Day.

Housing crisis and Council

Avital Sheffer, Mullumbimby Population growth in this Shire is inevitable like it or not. Those who are being pushed out by...

Hippie fools

Edward Kent, Suffolk Park So, have the ‘hippie’ hipsters of Byron Bay figured out how the new global establishment party at...

The two baza chicks in WIRES' care. Photo WIRES Northern Rivers
The two baza chicks in WIRES’ care. Photo WIRES Northern Rivers

A baza chick recently came into WIRES care but could not be returned to its parents as after several changes of hands the location where it was found could not be identified.

If you aren’t familiar with it, the Pacific baza is a medium-sized, long-tailed hawk with a prominent crest. They live in forests and woodlands along the tropical and subtropical coasts.

As luck would have it, second baza chick, a couple of weeks younger than the first, came into care a few weeks later following a nest fell in which its sibling died.

After a few days, after the second chick started to perch well, WIRES hatched a plan to reunite it with its parents was planned. As its sibling had died, here was an opportunity to introduce the first chick into a new ‘foster’ family.

Early one morning, the carer drove them to Tuckombil to the tree where the nest had fallen. With the chicks waiting safely in their rescue cages, she waited well back with eyes peeled. Every now and then, as the chicks were hungry, the younger one especially would do his loud ‘whit too’ call. For over an hour, there was no sign of parents.

The two baza chicks back in the wold. Photo WIRES Northern Rivers
The two baza chicks back in the wold. Photo WIRES Northern Rivers

At the point when it seemed a hopeless effort, a parent suddenly appeared. Soon after, the other parent arrived and both watched the chicks intently. The WIRES volunteer used a long extension pole to lift the younger chick (the parents’ own offspring) into the tree. In the process, she was swooped by the parent bird! This is natural protective behaviour. The second chick was then quickly lifted up to the branch and the birds were left to themselves.

The kind landowner continued to monitor the birds after WIRES’ departure. The following day, he reported that the parents were attending both chicks and the former orphan had started to fly with them, a very satisfying outcome.

WIRES is an all-volunteer organisation, not a government service, and relies heavily on the generosity of caring people for support. As it is a charity, all donations $2 and over are tax deductible.

WIRES also gives basic training courses three times during the year. The next course will be 21-22 February. If you are interested, call the 24-hour hotline on 6628 1898 or go to WIRES Northern Rivers website to find out how you can help.

 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

1 COMMENT

  1. A pleasure to read an uplifting story of human kindness amongst all our mad goings on,even our s sorrensen experienced a rare bushido burnout this week with a hen high on herbs.
    Anyhow , Keep up the great work WIRES. I am in the midst of selling an old pair of RMs and once I have sealed the deal I’ll be sending the dosh your way.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Housing crisis and Council

Avital Sheffer, Mullumbimby Population growth in this Shire is inevitable like it or not. Those who are being pushed out by the unfolding housing tragedy are...

Flawed plan

Kai Beijerbacht, Mullumbimby For those of you who haven’t been living under a rock, I’m sure you are aware of the ever-increasing housing shortage crisis in...

Affordable myth

Patricia Warren, Brunswick Heads There is a ‘myth of affordable housing’ in Byron Shire. Well may councillors lament the lack of ‘affordable housing’ in Byron Shire but...

Midwife quits

Deb Walsh, Fernleigh It’s become untenable for me to continue working in hospitals. I have quit. I will be deregistered soon by my own choice. Working with...