Just after dark last week, an Ocean Shores family heard a loud crack as a branch broke from a nearby Hoop pine. They went outside to investigate just in time to see a huge bird crash into their pool fence and then the side of the house. They were able to grab the bird in a blanket and place it in a large box, before calling WIRES Northern Rivers.
The bird was a magnificent juvenile Sea Eagle, whose family regularly nest in the pine trees.
After spending a few days in care, resting and eating mullet, the eagle received a physical examination and eye check by veterinarian Phil from the Casino Vet Clinic. She was given the all clear and taken back to Ocean Shores for release.
The sea eagle parents were observed that morning, so the bird family was happily reunited.
WIRES is a registered charity, not a government service, and relies heavily on donations from the general public. The all-volunteer northern rivers branch needs various types of assistance, as not all members do animal rescues. Call the local 24-hour hotline on 6628 1898 or go to the WIRES Northern Rivers website to find out how you can help.