What do you do if you find an injured bird of prey?
Remember birds of prey can be dangerous and care must be taken when approaching an injured bird, with special attention to their talons. Place a towel over the entire bird and put the bird into a small cardboard box. It is best if the container is just larger than the bird as this creates a dark, secure space. Ventilation holes must be very small at the bottom of the container, below they eyelevel of the bird. Wire cages are not as suitable as the bird can damage itself further. Do not attempt to give the bird any food or water.
What if it’s a baby bird?
If you do come across a baby bird of prey, try observing the site for as long as possible. Often the parents are away hunting and will return to it. If it is possible to return the bird to the nest, do so. It is a myth that the parents won’t care for the baby once it has been returned. As a last resort, place the bird on a towel in a small cardboard box.
Most importantly get the bird to a reputable rehabilitation centre.
We are on call 24/7 to rescue birds of prey from urban and rural areas.