An unusual nursery choice has led to WIRES taking two white-faced heron chicks into care.
“These birds usually nest high up in trees, and are great parents, so their chicks don’t often come into care,” spokeswoman Sandy Collins said.
“But one bird decided a boat moored at Narooma would be a good nest – until the owner wanted to use it.”
Ms Collins said the chicks’ weight indicated they were just two days old. “It was a sharp learning curve on heron care,” she said.
Nerida Cook and Rachel McInnes performed emergency rehydration. The chicks, named Spike and Spikette have put on more than 100g each, and can no longer share a wicker basket ‘nest’, due to their size. They will stay in care until they have adult feathers and can catch live food.