A couple of weeks back there were a series of extremely windy days here in South Australia. Now mostly this is nothing out of the ordinary and most of our birds are quite used of it. Occasionally though their nest building skills can be put to the test! On the last day like this a good mate of mine was driving along a fairly busy dirt road he lives near, and noticed a little white bird on the side of the road. He pulled up to find a half grown Black-shouldered Kite sitting on the edge of the road besides it's destroyed nest and two dead siblings! one of which had been run over! Fearing the same fate for this remaining Kite he captured it and took it home. For two days he fed it and rang people to try and find what would be best to do with it. Eventually it was suggested to him that probably the best chance for this bird would be to try and construct a new 'nest' or platform for the chick and see if the parents were still around and willing to keep looking after it. I was skeptical as I thought the chick had been away from it's parents for too long, and thought they may have moved on. At the same time it was a situation that needed to be resolved soon, so we decided to try and see how it went and feed the chick in the tree if necessary. With the help of a car hub cap we built a make shift nest and placed the chick in it and left the sight to monitor from a distant. There was no sign of the parents for the first few hours but eventually an adult ventured into the area. After a few days both adult birds were visiting the hub cap nest and things were looking good for the little chick!
Now it's two weeks later and the little Black-shouldered Kite is about to fledge and looking good! I visited it yesterday to get a photo before it flew the results are below.
|Baby Black-shouldered Kite not far from fledging!|
|One of the parents|
|The other parent feeding on a mouse!|