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I'll Soon Soar The Countryside Once More - Harrier Hawk - NZ


Gore, New Zealand

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Short clip of this magnificent Harrier Hawk rescued after being hit by a car…

After a really tough week loosing two of my chooks in a horrible way I landed up coming home with a Harrier Hawk today… After shopping in town this morning, we were on our way home when I saw a Harrier Hawk on the railing next to the road side, he was after road kill. I have been after a Hawk shot for two years, but they always take off when we stop the car. Keith turned round and as we were heading back to the spot when we saw a vehicle clipped the hawk. He was moving and dangerously close to on coming traffic, we stopped and I rushed out to see if we could save him. He took off over the paddocks and landed awkwardly, it looked like his leg was broken. There was not stopping me, I was just about to jump the fence and head off in his direction when he got up again and flew across the paddock towards us and landed about a meter away. I was shaking, and so amazed that he came back, it is as if he somehow knew that we were there to help. This magnificent bird was hurt and he was obviously in shock. While Keith was getting the blanket from the car I took a few shots, then managed to get a blanket over him. Carrying him as gently as I could we fled home and put him in the Dog carrier cage. On a Sunday afternoon we were unable to get hold of anyone that could help. So we kept him as comfortable as possible till we could get help. It looks like he has a broken leg and without it he will be unable to hunt. See the next post for the outcome HERE I have never been that close to a Hawk, it is a moving experience, those eyes are amazing, they sure are magnificent birds. This Harrier would have died in the wild as he would no longer have been able to hunt without both legs… Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Southland New Zealand 22nd April 2012
I’ll Soon Soar The Countryside Once More

Harrier Hawk Rescue Collage

Don’t Just Stand There, I Need Help!!!

Everywhere in the world raptors are in decline however the Kahu (Harrier Hawk) is holding it’s own despite predators. It became a protected bird in New Zealand in 1985. They are scavengers and most of the time they take the easy option, i.e. road kills, resulting in many of them being killed by high speed traffic. They can be seen year round drifiting over road verges and countryside, soaring in wide circles without apparent fatigue while searching for prey.

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