Wedge-tailed Eagle survives dunking in the Hastings River

Wedge-Tailed Eagle

This wedge-tailed eagle is on the mend and ready for release after bridge workers rescued the floundering bird from the Hastings River.

Thanks to the quick-thinking of two LendLease bridge construction workers on the Oxley Highway to Kundabung Pacific Highway upgrade, a wedge-tailed eagle has a chance of a free life again.

While working on the bridge over the Hastings River, two bridge construction workers saw a large bird floundering in the water, and their recovery protocol was put in place with a call to the foreman, then his call to environment co-ordinator, Clive Wightwick, on site.

“The intrepid rescuers went into the river and managed to wrap up the bird in a life jacket and bring it ashore where it was wrapped up further in an all-weather jacket and taken to Port Macquarie Veterinary Hospital,” said FAWNA president Meredith Ryan. Continue Reading →

Summer 2017 Newsletter

I trust everyone had a happy holiday season with family and friends and also had a bit of a chance for a rest. We had an extraordinarily busy year in 2016 with some excellent outcomes for our wildlife, reporting nearly 3500 creatures to National Parks and Wildlife Service for the last financial year. I am glad we have had a bit of an administrative go-slow because the Ryan household has had a very wide variety and a great quantity of fauna in over the past few months, sometimes with up to 28 fauna mouths to
feed numerous times each day. It has slackened off now thank goodness.

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Meredith Ryan
President FAWNA

Article about Flying-foxes

Here’s a great article and information on Flying-foxes

One quarter of all mammal species in the world are bats, which belong to the order Chiroptera, meaning ‘handwinged’.Bats can be divided into two
suborders:

  • Megabats (Megachiroptera), which includes flying-foxes, as well as the lesser known tubenosed bats andblossom bats.
  • Microbats (Microchiroptera), which are smaller insectivorous bats. Megabats differ greatly from microbats (see Table 1 in the attached article); their main similarities are that they are the only winged mammals and are primarily nocturnal.

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