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Tuesday June 19th 2012

Saturday was a complete washout. I actually thought at one point that there weren’t any visitors here at all. I was actually getting mentally prepared for a ‘no show’ at Meet the Birds, but then, at the last minute a Mountain Goat bus turned up, causing my audience to swell to ‘eight’ people.

The male Red Kite suffered a bit in that day’s down pour; he had gotten a bit soggy, and was sat on the grass looking a bit sorry for himself, so I decided to put him in the quarantine unit to dry up a bit, seeing as it was going to continue being wet for the rest of the day.

There was a bit of a problem with one of the juvenile Western Screech Owls in the Breeding Ground last week; I picked it up on Wednesday; it had obvious problems with breathing; its eyes had gone a darker colour as well. Normally their eyes are bright yellow, but this individual’s eyes had gone orange in colour. Our vet explained to me once, that this happens when there is a pronounced lack of oxygen. It went to Galemire Animal Hospital for treatment, where it received steroids to reduce inflammation; a diuretic to help reduce fluid on the lung and air sacks, and a broad spec antibiotic to fight infection. It appears to be making slow progress.

I’ll leave you with a picture of the Western Screech Owlet ‘taking its medicine’

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Wulf
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Western Screech Owlet taking its medicine
Western Screech Owlet taking its medicine Picture courtesy Wulf Ingham
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