Bird Rescue: New Holland Honeyeater

From time to time we have birds crash into one of our windows. This is a regular and common problem throughout the world it seems. It is one of the dangers presented to our bird life by our modern forms of architecture, from the humble country cottage like our home through to large high-rise buildings and everything in between.

New Holland Honeyeater

New Holland Honeyeater

In our situation, we have several large picture windows that perfectly reflect the surrounding garden at certain times of the day. Birds flying along see what they think is a continuation of the garden, but in fact they are seeing a reflection. Crashes into the glass are inevitable.

In most cases, the affected birds sit still for a few moments before flying off, probably with a headache and very puzzled expression on their faces. We have had the occasional death and this is always regrettable and sad.

Yesterday it was the turn of one of our many New Holland Honeyeaters to suffer momentarily. I heard the thump against the glass and went outside to investigate. The poor bird was on the ground not moving. At first I thought it had died, but then I noticed shallow breathing.

New Holland Honeyeater

New Holland Honeyeater

I put the unfortunate bird on a nearby garden table and left it to recover. A few minutes later it flew of, hopefully a little wiser. While it was recovering I took advantage of having a bird at close quarters for several photos.

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4 Responses to “Bird Rescue: New Holland Honeyeater”

  1. kasia says:

    🙂 how cute!! It looks like a baby Trevor, I had the same
    experience last year…I picked it up took it inside for a drink then once back outside I walked around with it in my cupped hands for 15 minutes or more.
    He sat there happily blinking away into my eyes not in the slightest bit frightened or struggling to get away.
    Eventually I found a group of young ones in our magnificent Kurrajong tree and placed him gently on a small branch.
    LOVE those experiences, makes my day everytime!

  2. Trevor says:

    It is one of those Great Birding Moments I write about (see the sidebar for a full list and the links)

    My – you are reading lots of my blog.

    Soon you will know it better than me!!! LOL

  3. Michelle says:

    hi there,
    we’ve found a beautiful little fellow who has a broken wing but as taken a fancy to my fiance, lol
    we took him home as he wouldn’t get off and can’t fly but aren’t sure what to do with him now…
    we’ve been putting some jam in a flower which he’s enjoying and he’s been having water from a spoon, any idea of other food reasonably assessable for it?
    he’s so cute and friendly and been quite happy sitting with us and wandering around our home 🙂

  4. Trevor says:

    Hi there Michelle – welcome to my blog about birds. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

    You might want to read the following article on caring for injured birds. (Just click on the link).

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