• Peg McDonald

Australian Boobook. Small owl- huge spirit

This little fellow was found “ down the hill” in Kangaroo Valley with the radius in both wings broken.

Reported in to Wildlife Rescue South Coast, my licensing body, he was rescued straight away by Kerstin Schweth and taken to the Southern Highlands Veterinary Centre where Dr Chris Watson did x rays and confirmed the breaks.

Conservative treatment of rest and minimal movement was chosen as both breaks were “nice”, away from the joints and the resulting callous on each wing was not going to impact on the ulna.

He has done very nicely and Dr Lorenzo at Camden re x rayed and confirmed all is well.

He is now in an IC aviary, wings are symmetrical and extend beautifully. Next step is flying in a lager aviary in another week.... then back home down the hill when he builds up fitness.

This image was taken when he was on pain meds and I had to gently catch and hold him to administer his drugs, fluids and food over the first few days until he was self feeding.

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Higher Ground Raptor Centre is an Australian bird of prey rehabilitation, release and education facility conceived, built and managed by licensed carer Peggy McDonald CF

We are now forming a new not-for-profit company to further grow our work in raptor care, rehabilitation and conservation called Higher Ground Raptor Centre Ltd ABN 78 644 738 769. We are still in the process of seeking all our registrations. In the meantime, please continue to donate to support us on our donate page through WRSC.


In 2017 Peggy became a Churchill Fellowship recipient "to advance and exchange our knowledge of Australian raptor rehabilitation and release techniques". Since then, Peggy has travelled to the USA, Canada, Alaska, Abu Dhabi and South Africa and is currently writing her report - watch this space!

Higher Ground Raptor Centre relies entirely on the good grace and generosity of donations and sponsorship to keep the facility running.



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