How to protect yourself from a raptor that’s eating your house
The raptor is taking a bit of a break from its usual feedings.
The little guy is getting some rest in the family nest, which nestled up to 20 metres (65 feet) above the ground.
The nest, made of mud and wood, was discovered this week in the forest of Fort Maitland in New South Wales.
The animal, known locally as a nestling raptor, is known to feed on its parents, the sand dunes and other plants in its neighbourhood.
Its nest has been on the sand since at least the 1940s, but the latest discovery was made last week.
“We have no idea why it is taking such a break,” said Richard Williams, a conservation officer with the New South Welsh Parks and Wildlife Service (NSWPS).
“Its probably just a bit more relaxed, but I wouldn’t say its completely exhausted.”
There is still plenty of food available in the area.
The family nest is home to about 30 pairs of young and an adult.
It was probably the last nest of its kind in the region.
It was only recently that the nestlings were discovered, Williams said.
“They are still very young, so it’s possible they haven’t yet hatched yet,” he said.
“If we don’t find them, they will go on to lay their eggs in the trees.”
“The nest is a very active place.
There’s lots of activity, it’s not very quiet, and it’s full of young.”
The nestlings are now in the care of the NSW Wildlife Service, which has set up a special unit to monitor the nest.
The nesting birds are likely to stay in the nest until they reach a maturity of about 12 months, Williams added.
“If we can find them and they’re a bit older, we’ll put them in the wild.”
The New South Wyong nest, with its nestling dinosaur (left) and other dinosaurs in the Sandpiper range, is one of the largest nestlings in the New England region.
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