Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Sedge has had a tough two days, he has had dreadful diarrhoea which for a chap who can't stand up is not fun, I went to the vets and got him some different medicine and he has been eating rice and chicken, but its still not great. I did 6 towel washes yesterday and ran out of space to dry the towels, only done three so far today.
He had a good swimming session on Monday, and Laser treatment yesterday, he was supposed to have hydrotherapy again today but we cancelled it until he is a bit better. He is still cheerful though, and right now asleep in front of the fire. I have never lit the fire so often! I have to admit to some confusion, all the vets I have spoken to, and there have been a few are pretty pessimistic about Sedge if he has not shown
signs of improvement within three to four weeks. (We are at four weeks on Sat). But the people who do the various therapies, hydro etc., are more optimistic and think that three months is not unreasonable. It makes for an up and down life at the moment I have to say.

We put the oldest baby Verreaux's Eagle back with mum and dad today, they were feeding it within five minutes!!! And it was amazing how quickly the chick wanted food from his mum, having never seen an eagle before. I am hoping that we might be able to get the second chick back, but we have to be careful because they are known 100% for cainism. We will have to try it when the second chick is a little older.
We removed the second Steller's Eagle chick as it was not feeding well, it is doing fine now and we will keep it out for a week and then return to mum, although getting it out and putting it back was and will be fun as she is very very protective.
Sadly the Hooded Vulture egg did not make it, although it was fertile, so we will have to wait another year for that. The Palmnut Vulture egg may possibly have been fertile, but it had nothing much mush inside. However the Turkey Vultures have been mating and she has laid her first egg. So its busy in the incubation and brooder room.
A good friend of mine sent me a lovely picture of an Australia Goshawk, they come in grey and white colour phases, this is a beautiful bird!



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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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