Rescue & Release: Birds of Prey

Animals Rescue Wildlife Posted Apr 13, 2022
Bird rescues are pretty common at the RSPCA Wildlife Hospital, but having two birds of prey admitted into care is quite rare.

A juvenile peregrine falcon was found in South Brisbane after flying into the glass of a high rise apartment. Luckily, a member of the public was dog sitting in the apartment and witnessed the concussed bird and called for help.

RSPCA Rescue Officer Sam successfully captured the falcon with a net so he could get the veterinary treatment he needed. Back at the Wildlife Hospital in Brisbane, x-rays showed that luckily this raptor sustained no major injuries. After a fly test and some overnight fluids, the falcon was transported to our Eumundi Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre so he could work on his flight and mobility skills.

After a week at our Eumundi Centre, we were pleased to see that the falcon had made a full recovery and was released back into the wild in South Brisbane.

At the same time a second raptor was rescued at Esk and brought into the RSPCA Wildlife Hospital. Non-weight bearing, the whistling kite had a leg injury causing him distress

Vet Karina performed corrective surgery on the kite to repair his leg. Surgery was a success and the kite also underwent weeks of rehabilitation at the Eumundi Centre. If you see an injured or sick animal in need of help contact the RSPCA 24/7 Animal Emergency Hotline – 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).

Now fully recovered, the whistling kite has been released back into the wild as well. Watch the wonderful release here:

Sophie Oxford
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