17th November, 2015

Getting up close and personal with a Southern Leaf Tailed Gecko
Photo courtesy of Peter T

Wild Week

It has been an interesting week and I still am left with the feeling I could be doing more with my life. January 1st was a turning point for myself, I decided that I was to try and keep myself extremely busy. The reason behind that was to close out all the angst and emotions that drove myself to depression over the years. I have been trying to stay as busy as humanly possibly involving myself in as many wildlife rescues and releases I can as well as photographing as often as I can.

It all started with my first "herp" trip of the season. Unfortunately the weather Gods decided to put that to an end, I probably spent 30-40 minutes out at Mount Tamborine when the sky opened up. I decided to call it the night as it was torrential. I did find an adult female Southern Leaf Tailed Gecko (pictured above and also in my reptile GALLERY). 

Photography wise, I only went out once. I visited a local Gold Coast beach that has a small Crested Tern colony, Pied Oystercatchers with chick, Silver Gulls and a flock of Little Corella's that intermittently visit. I wasn't overly happy with my results that morning but I did come away with some nice Corella images which are found in my birds GALLERY.

Juvenile Tawny Frogmouth, Juvenile Female Brown Goshawk, Juvenile Collared Sparrowhawk

Collared Sparrowhawk Feeding On Mouse

On the rescue and release front I've had 3 beautiful birds pass through. 

On Friday night, the RSCPA called me for a Boobook Owl that had suspected broken wing and/or foot and was straying onto a main road. I attended to scene to meet with a member of the public who was keeping an eye on it. It was not a Boobook as suspected but a Juvenile Tawny Frogmouth that had more than likely tried to fly from it's nest about a week or so too early. I did try to locate the nest but was unable to so I took it to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital the following morning to get it checked over. It was given the clean bill of health so I released it the following night. When I reached the release site, one parent was present so I knew it would be safe. I climbed a tree and placed it about 10-12 feet on a branch. 

The other two birds are raptors. The first is a female Brown Goshawk which was found by a member of the public in Brisbane grounded, being attacked by Crows. After spending some time at CWH she was good to go and I released in a park close to the location it was found as it was not suitable for a release site.

The second raptor was a juvenile Collared Sparrowhawk. This little guy was found on the ground at a Golf Course on Stradbroke Island and taken to CWH again. It was a ball of fluff when it came into care, feeding well and has been kept until it was flight bound. The good news is that, it's parents and 2 siblings have been located (Nest Site) and reunite is occurring tomorrow. I have kept the Sparrowhawk overnight and fed it a few mice so it has a nice full belly. I am meeting with the Stradbroke Island carer and he will reunite. I am a little devastated I can not attend due to work but I hope I can pop over and liase with the carer to maybe visit the location at a later date.

So this was the week that was. To those that continue to support me in both my photography and other ambitions, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Matt :)

  • Esther Horton-Van Der Woude

    on November 17, 2015

    Great blog, beautiful images and great worthwhile work with the wildlife rescues! Thanks for sharing.

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