Answering prayers of birds of prey
A donation of $3000 by property investor Angelo D’Agostino to WIRES has allowed them to build a new raptor enclosure in Rosebank.
WIRES carer Alicia Carter said they had previously had a raptor facility in Casino, but they needed a bigger one for larger birds of prey.
The new enclosure is six metres by six metres and about three metres high and was built by Rosebank resident Eddie Fernandez.
“WIRES rescues about 20 to 30 birds of prey every year and they have to go to specialised carers. The facilities have to be quite big and well built so they don’t get feather damage or exposed to further stress,” Ms Carter said.
She said the most common raptors they see are barn owls, wedge-tailed eagles, pacific bazas and boobook owls.
Alicia said if anybody does find an injured raptor be extremely careful of their talons. She said you should phone WIRES on 6628 1898 or Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers on 6628 1866 to get advice and instructions about what to do.