Safely home: This young osprey chick was happy to be back in its nest at Ballina Golf Club after a long fall, possibly the result of heavy winds.
Safely home: This young osprey chick was happy to be back in its nest at Ballina Golf Club after a long fall, possibly the result of heavy winds.

Osprey chick lucky to be alive

ONE little chick is lucky to be alive after falling from its nest.

The osprey, less than three months old, was found floating in North Creek at Ballina by a fisherman last week after falling 22 metres.

After being picked on by currawongs, the chick was scooped out of the water with a net, and taken to Barry Bryant at Australian Seabird Rescue.

“It looks like it’s been blown or knocked out of the nest,” Mr Bryant said.

“Whether it was because he was trying to fly and didn’t have the ability, we don’t know, but there were very strong winds at the time.

“All he had was one small cut to the head, which didn’t seem to affect him much,” Mr Bryant said.

And after recuperating with Alstonville raptor carer Wendy Lawrence, the chick was back to his chirpy self and was returned to his home at the Ballina Golf Course with the help of Country Energy.

Country Energy linesman Adam Cassin had the job of climbing up the pole, and hoisted the young bird up in a canvas carry-bag.

“He went back into the nest very well,” Mr Bryant said.

He said the chick would continue to be monitored.


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