by Al Williams
A female harrier rescued from a field south of Timaru in January is making progress.
The Courier featured a story last month about Tenzi, a female harrier chick rescued from a field south of Timaru and taken into care by New Zealand Raptor Trust chairman Vaughan Skea.
Mr Skea said this week Tenzi was still in his care and doing well.
“We started off with some short flights in the garden and building up trust between the bird and myself.
“We have been flying Tenzi most days, to build up her fitness.
“We have also been introducing her to prey and allowing her to practise her hunting skills.”
The raptor trust was formed in September last year by a group of South Canterbury residents concerned about the wellbeing of harriers, falcons, moreporks and owls.
The trust was alerted last week that a hawk had been hit by a car, Mr Skea said.
“I received a call about a hawk in distress and it needed to go to Christchurch, as I cannot house it at present.”
He said the trust was looking at setting up emergency accommodation.
“The trust is still in negotiations over a potential location to set up a facility.”
Mr Skea said hawks were particularly vulnerable at this time of the year.
“We are coming to the time of year when hawks take a hammering on the road and we only have the ability to rehab one hawk at a time.
“If people do come across injured birds, they should still make contact, as we can still provide assistance with care and transportation if required.”
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, go to the New Zealand Raptor Trust Facebook page or phone 27 448-9044.