Māori believed the Sacred Kingfisher/Kāreke could foretell the future. If someone heard the Kāreke cry to their left, bad luck lay ahead; if they heard the cry on the right, it brought good luck.

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Check out this outstretched wing of a kāhu. Australasian harrier hawks are the largest bird of prey to currently exist in New Zealand. The extinct Haast eagle that used to exist in Aotearoa had a wingspan three times as long as this one.
Vet Micah is assessing the wing for feather and skin damage, bone and ligament injuries, and nerve function. Traumatic injuries, most commonly from cars, are the main cause of these hawks ending up at the hospital.
#wing #bird #feathers #nzbirds #birdsofaotearoa #hawk #harrierhawk #australasianharrierhawk #kāhu #wildlife #wildlifevet #wildliferehab #wildlifehealth #wildliferehabilitation #wildlifehospital #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital

Check out this outstretched wing of a kāhu. Australasian harrier hawks are the largest bird of prey to currently exist in New Zealand. The extinct Haast eagle that used to exist in Aotearoa had a wingspan three times as long as this one.
Vet Micah is assessing the wing for feather and skin damage, bone and ligament injuries, and nerve function. Traumatic injuries, most commonly from cars, are the main cause of these hawks ending up at the hospital.
#Wing #bird #feathers #nzbirds #birdsofaotearoa #hawk #harrierhawk #australasianharrierhawk #kāhu #wildlife #wildlifevet #wildliferehab #wildlifehealth #wildliferehabilitation #wildlifehospital #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital
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4 days ago

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This is why having a “roadkill kit” in your car boot is important. Hi-vis vest, gloves, shovel, plastic sheeting, hand sanitiser, a good sense of situational awareness (traffic!) plus a good right-arm throw to lob the road kill into a paddock where the harrier hawk can access their meal safely. We always stop to do this. Prevention is better than hospital care. Together we can make a difference. Love 💕 these raptors.

Wow! I'm positive it'll get better with all your help. You're amazing!

Picking up road kill is important. Oxford bird rescue did a great job

Thursday throwback to this mullet-toting penguin that we had at the hospital earlier this year. We often receive little blues in the process of transitioning from juvenile fluff to feathers or moulting adults so this is a regular occurrence at the hospital. #moulting #penguin #penguinchick #littlepenguin #littlebluepenguin #bird #nzbirds #birdsofaotearoa #wildlife #wildlifehealth #wildliferehab #wildliferehabilitation #wildlifehospital #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital

Thursday throwback to this mullet-toting penguin that we had at the hospital earlier this year. We often receive little blues in the process of transitioning from juvenile fluff to feathers or moulting adults so this is a regular occurrence at the hospital. #moulting #penguin #penguinchick #littlepenguin #littlebluepenguin #bird #nzbirds #birdsofaotearoa #wildlife #wildlifehealth #wildliferehab #wildliferehabilitation #wildlifehospital #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

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What a cutie! <3

Well I always thought there wasn't a mullet in the world that I would like....clearly I was wrong.

Lets face it: wildlife are not toilet trained. Theres an often romantic view about working with wildlife, but the reality is that theres a lot of cleaning up to do each day. During busy periods, our washer & dryer can be going non-stop, trying to keep up with the piles of towels, bedding and matting that gets covered in 💩.
Thanks to Chemical Solutions Ltd for keeping us supplied with a washing powder that can keep up with our heavy duty needs. And thanks also to our many volunteers who spend a lot of their time taking care of the hygiene and cleanliness of our premises and patients. #cleaning #washing #washingup #wildlife #wildliferehab #wildlifehealth #wildliferehabilitation #wildlifehospital #diseasecontrol #hygiene #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital

Let's face it: wildlife are not toilet trained. There's an often romantic view about working with wildlife, but the reality is that there's a lot of cleaning up to do each day. During busy periods, our washer & dryer can be going non-stop, trying to keep up with the piles of towels, bedding and matting that gets covered in 💩.
Thanks to Chemical Solutions Ltd for keeping us supplied with a washing powder that can keep up with our heavy duty needs. And thanks also to our many volunteers who spend a lot of their time taking care of the hygiene and cleanliness of our premises and patients. #cleaning #washing #washingup #wildlife #wildliferehab #wildlifehealth #wildliferehabilitation #wildlifehospital #diseasecontrol #hygiene #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital
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3 weeks ago

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Me with any animal. Keeping things clean makes a huge difference! Keep shoveling 😆.

Falconry is also largely cleaning. There's pride in it though.

❤️ absolutely trying to get towells dry here at the moment.

Most important job and you get acquainted with different poo 🤣

Hard yakka. Thanks to volunteers during volunteers week

Your good oeople thank you

Sa

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There were many correct guesses so meet the owner of yesterdays foot. Hoiho are the tallest of New Zealands resident penguin species, with an average weight of 5.5kg for adult males. This juvenile yellow-eyed penguin came into the hospital at 3.7kg and has gained nearly a kilo in weight since then.
#hoiho #yelloweyedpenguin #penguin #nzbirds #birdsofaotearoa #wildlife #conservation #wildliferehab #wildlifehealth #wildliferehabilitation #wildlifehospital #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital

There were many correct guesses so meet the owner of yesterday's foot. Hoiho are the tallest of New Zealand's resident penguin species, with an average weight of 5.5kg for adult males. This juvenile yellow-eyed penguin came into the hospital at 3.7kg and has gained nearly a kilo in weight si#hoihoe#yelloweyedpenguiny#penguinn#nzbirdsn#birdsofaotearoao#wildlife #conservationn#wildliferehabd#wildlifehealthl#wildliferehabilitationb#wildlifehospitalf#siwhi#southislandwildlifehospitalfehospital ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

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Is this the one that was found in South Bay, Kaikoura on King's birthday weekend? I know they were heading to your hospital promptly after coming onshore and thinking they should be hanging with humans walking along the beach.

Go little guy! Great weight gain!

Who has a foot like this? Can you guess which species we have at the hospital right now based solely on its foot? #claws #foot #bird #birdsofaotearoa #nzbirds #wildlife #wildliferehab #wildlifehealth #wildliferehabilitation #wildlifehospital #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital

Who has a foot like this? Can you guess which species we have at the hospital right now based solely on its foot? #claws #foot #bird #birdsofaotearoa #nzbirds #wildlife #wildliferehab #wildlifehealth #wildliferehabilitation #wildlifehospital #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

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I think that looks like a yellow-eyed penguin but it would be hard to tell without seeing whether the soles.of the foot are black.

A penguin, I'm guessing.

Yellow eyed penguin

a tawaki?

Penguin

Wow. It’s big. No idea.

Adelie?

Hoiho

Hoiho! 🧡

Happy foot

Hoiho

Blue eyed penguin

Penguine

A yellow eyed penguin. A hoihoi

Pengling!! 😄

Crested

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Despite the often sad circumstances of how our patients end up with us, it is a privilege to see species of birds that would otherwise be unlikely spotted in the wild. Especially several of the ocean wanderers who spend large portions of their lives out at sea, and typically only land on remote offshore islands to breed.
This is an Antarctic Fulmar, otherwise referred to as a Southern Fulmar. They are a type of petrel and are related to albatrosses. They are normally found over the Southern Ocean, and in summer are circumpolar navigators, cruising the oceans around Antarctica and various subantarctic islands. In winter, they travel further north, periodically popping up around Aotearoa.
#bird #birdsofaotearoa #nzbirds #fulmar #southernfulmar #antarcticfulmar #petrel #tubenose #wildlife #wildliferehab #wildlifehealth #wildliferehabilitation #wildlifehospital #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital

Despite the often sad circumstances of how our patients end up with us, it is a privilege to see species of birds that would otherwise be unlikely spotted in the wild. Especially several of the ocean wanderers who spend large portions of their lives out at sea, and typically only land on remote offshore islands to breed.
This is an Antarctic Fulmar, otherwise referred to as a Southern Fulmar. They are a type of petrel and are related to albatrosses. They are normally found over the Southern Ocean, and in summer are circumpolar navigators, cruising the oceans around Antarctica and various subantarctic islands. In winter, they travel further north, periodically popping up around Aotearoa.
#bird #birdsofaotearoa #nzbirds #fulmar #southernfulmar #antarcticfulmar #petrel #TubeNose #wildlife #wildliferehab #wildlifehealth #wildliferehabilitation #wildlifehospital #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital
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1 month ago

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Where was this one found?

Is it going to be ok?

I found one of these on New Brighton beach last year. It pretty much crash landed and was surrounded by gulls attacking it. I was lucky to be near and able to rescue it. Sadly it was starved and died soon after I dropped it with you. But I feel so privileged to have been able to be so close to such a precious bird 🙏🏽

A privilege to see this patient.

South Island Wildlife Hospital and if the bird cannot survive in the wild, then hard decisions need to be made 🙄

Absolute stunner 🥰

Immy Ashton the beauty!

Wow

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Imagine the pain of standing on this. Unfortunately this type of fishing gear had a barbed hook at both ends. And even more unfortunately, this other end had hooked into the patagium which runs across the front of the wing. When this bird reacted to its foot pain, it pulled on its ensnared wing. When it reacted to its wing pain, it pulled on its ensnared foot. By the time we received the bird at the hospital, it had broken 2 bones in its wing and its skin was torn to shreds as a result of this one piece of fishing gear. We were only able to end its suffering and remove its pain by humane euthanasia.
Fishing gear is often unintentionally lost in the environment and many who use it would not mean to injure birds. Like many human impacts on wildlife, the cause and effect are often so far removed from each other that those creating the cause may have no awareness of the effect.
#fishhook #fishinggear #wildlife #wildliferehab #wildlifehealth #wildliferehabilitation #wildlifehospital #conservation #birdsofaotearoa #bird #nzbirds #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital

Imagine the pain of standing on this. Unfortunately this type of fishing gear had a barbed hook at both ends. And even more unfortunately, this other end had hooked into the patagium which runs across the front of the wing. When this bird reacted to its foot pain, it pulled on its ensnared wing. When it reacted to its wing pain, it pulled on its ensnared foot. By the time we received the bird at the hospital, it had broken 2 bones in its wing and its skin was torn to shreds as a result of this one piece of fishing gear. We were only able to end its suffering and remove its pain by humane euthanasia.
Fishing gear is often unintentionally lost in the environment and many who use it would not mean to injure birds. Like many human impacts on wildlife, the cause and effect are often so far removed from each other that those creating the cause may have no awareness of the effect.
#fishhook #fishinggear #wildlife #wildliferehab #wildlifehealth #wildliferehabilitation #wildlifehospital #conservation #birdsofaotearoa #bird #nzbirds #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital
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1 month ago

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How painful. What a sad end of its wee life. I had 2 red billed gulls one had string tying 2 legs. Couldn't catch it to cut it. One of its feet disappeared after a while. The other gull still has the fishing line wound around its leg tightly with a little ball. The leg looks painfully Grey and it is limping. What to do?

Anyone who fishes, eats seafood, or supports fishing by buying fish is responsible . No fishing = no fishing hooks.

Take the barbs off hooks. That’s how we fish.

Just awful - poor bird 😡

Fishing… so unnecessary in this day and age.

This is shocking! Come on fishing people - get your act and tackle together! Think of the suffering you're causing! 😢

Imagine how the fish feel also. Humans are barbaric creatures

Imagine the agony of having your mouth impaled with it, and then have the weight of your body drug though water while you desperately try to escape from it. Fishing is torture for fishes, too, and like birds and other animals, they are sentient beings as deserving of respect, compassion and moral consideration as any other sentient being. Fishing harms so many animals and in so many ways. It's intentional cruelty. www.FishFeel.org/fish-sentience/

:-(

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Caught napping on duty. This wee kororā was having a penguin nap, propped up against the wall of its box cave. Its a hard life digesting fish. #kororā #littlepenguin #littlebluepenguin #nzbirds #birdsofaotearoa #bird #penguin #wildlife #wildliferehab #wildlifehealth #wildliferehabilitation #wildlifehospital #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital

Caught napping on duty. This wee kororā was having a penguin nap, propped up against the wall of its box cave. It's a hard life digesting f#kororāo#littlepenguinn#littlebluepenguinn#nzbirdsb#birdsofaotearoae#bird##penguinn#wildlifed#wildliferehabr#wildlifehealthe#wildliferehabilitationa#wildlifehospitalp#siwh##southislandwildlifehospitalpital ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

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Nice to see that she has gained weight 🥰

Sleep tight 'Little one' and hope you are soon well enough to rejoin your friends back in the wild 🐧🥰🐧

Cute

❤️

The inside of a kororā/little blue penguin. We regularly take xrays of our patients to check for signs of internal injuries or obstructions. But sometimes other ways of looking inside our patients are needed. Thanks to Pub Charity Limited, we will soon be obtaining an endoscope, giving us an alternative way to look inside our birds, saving some of them from a more invasive surgery or transportation to another site.
#charity #conservation #xray #endoscope #wildlife #wildliferehab #wildlifehealth #wildliferehabilitation #wildlifehospital #wildlifeveterinarytrust #penguin #kororā #littlepenguin #littlebluepenguin #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital

The inside of a kororā/little blue penguin. We regularly take xrays of our patients to check for signs of internal injuries or obstructions. But sometimes other ways of looking inside our patients are needed. Thanks to Pub Charity Limited, we will soon be obtaining an endoscope, giving us an alternative way to look inside our birds, saving some of them from a more invasive surgery or transportation to another site.
#charity #conservation #xray #endoscope #wildlife #wildliferehab #wildlifehealth #wildliferehabilitation #wildlifehospital #wildlifeveterinarytrust #penguin #kororā #littlepenguin #littlebluepenguin #siwh #southislandwildlifehospital
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1 month ago

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Is this a spinal injury?

Can’t wait to see this much needed piece of equipment in use ❤️. Huge thanks Pub Charity Limited for making a big difference to wildlife diagnostic and treatment ❤️

Well done. That will be handy indeed.

Jess , a different view of our tiny friends.

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