Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Real is home, she is not feeling that perky, which is not surprising as it was a big operation. She is on (or was on) Noroclav twice a day orally, but most of the birds can taste it and she would not eat the mice that were laced with it, so Simon and I, with back up from Robin had to force her to take the medicine. Now I have to tell you that forcing an Andean Condor to do anything is not easy and the chances are it will be painful to those doing it, and it was. I caught her up and my double thickness glove does save my skin, but that is about all, she was very annoyed and not backward in showing it. I got her head, the important bit of a Condor and Robin held her body – the easy bit!! And Simon endevoured to open her beak, a mammoth task in itself, and hold it open while I pushed the mice down. On completion, Simon got bitten while trying to get his fingers out of her beak, Robin got away unscathed and she bit me after I had released her, which I guess is fair enough, but it was painful.

So I phoned Neil and asked if there was another way we could do this, and we are going for a less difficult method, although she will have to be caught up - I may never play the piano again, but as US Fish and Wildlife Service took the damn ivory off my piano, and I have not had any more put on yet because I can’t afford it, it probably won’t matter. And USFWS………….. will I forget and ever let go of the topic, probably not, I am female after all.

We just have one more area to put drainage in before we stop, there are areas where we can’t work until after the breeding season. So as there is rain forecast we cleared the sheep field, tidied up the compost heaps into one, and cleared the fire, and took down the last of the fences left by the previous owner. It is all looking pretty damn smart. It was a much warmer day today, very spring like and the birds (LBJs that is) were singing away, it was a pleasure to hear them. The new fence is half, no, over half up in the owl court yard, and things are moving on. All we need now is more visitors, and we will make it through yet another season.
The young African Spotted Eagle Owl is called Saturn after an apple and now doing demonstrations, he is a sweety and will be very good. And Adam finally chose a name for his eagle, and damn me, I can't remember what it is right now!! Ah well bedtime I reckon.



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An interesting video on Lead

An interesting video on Lead

I find it staggering that people who want to hunt don't see the value in changing their ammunition from lead to a safer product. We have stopped using lead in petrol, in paint, in our water pipes, but they still want to use lead - ah well, apparently eating it not only kills birds but leads to reduced intelligence in humans......................

NO ONE is asking you to stop legal and genuine hunting, they are just asking you to change your ammunition!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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