• Peg McDonald


Sea Eagles in care require as much fresh seafood as I can get. The new freezer allows me to snap freeze fresh fish, but then I still need to add Vetafarm Sea Bird tablets ... multivitamin tablets containing high levels of vitamins in a formula specific for piscivorous birds. Sea Bird Tablets are designed to overcome vitamin deficiencies that may occur, especially in diets of frozen fish.

It is sometimes said that it is better to freeze the fish as freezing may destroy any parasites the fish are carrying. I routinely test all birds when they come into care for parasite burdens, and any in longer care are tested as routine every few weeks. Either way I would always keep this important point in mind.

I have discovered Casula sea food markets, about 1/4 the price for fresh fish than here in the Highlands. They have an enormous variety, and yesterday they had Long Toms that I haven't seen for ages.

I put them in the aviary with red spot whiting, taylor, leather jacket and squid and look what went first and within minutes - the cheap Long Toms! They were about 1 metre long and I had to loop them over a log - perhaps they thought it was a sea snake too as they will certainly eat them - sorry friend and amazing Sea snake girl Blanche !!!

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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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