Raptor severely affected by recent heavy rain and floods.

This beautiful raptor was severely affected by recent heavy rain and floods.

Heavy rainfall can reduce foraging time for many bird species.

We tend to think that birds can just fly away when heavy rain is persistent over a long period, but this will all depend on the on the severity and scale of weather system.

If a bird can’t get away from the heavy rain and seek shelter, it will end up waterlogged. If birds are exhausted and can’t fly, they will suffer from exposure.

That may be some of reasons that this beautiful Pacific Baza was found in a creek near Ballina last week. Susan quickly pulled the exhausted and totally waterlogged bird out of the water and contacted WIRES.

WIRES volunteer Deb responded to the call and the bird was soon in intensive care, given thermal support, fluids and finally once warm, dry and hydrated, some much needed food.

The Baza was examined and antibiotics prescribed by Susie Wood, Byron Bay Roaming Vet.

After some days recovering in intensive care, Stripes as she was named, was moved into a large aviary and finally after a week in care she was ready for release.

The Pacific Baza is a  quiet small and unobtrusive hunter. It lives along the edges of eucalypt and rainforests, grasslands, farmlands and urban areas in northern and eastern Australia,

it belongs in the air, soaring high, or moving through the canopy. It will perch and watch, then make short dives, with feet extended, to snatch prey from the foliage or from the air.


Deb drove to the site near the creek where Stripes had been found. Away from the creek bank Deb opened the rescue basket and Stripes took off and flew high into a big tree.

Deb said : when I left Stripes was happily preening in the sun.


Thank you Susan for rescuing Stripes, and thank you Susie Wood, Byron Bay Roaming Vet, for assessing and examining Stripes.


Pictures by Deborah Pearce