Success Stories

Here are some feathered friends that we have cared for and rehabilitated.


This Shag was brought to us by the SPCA. He was wrapped up in fishing line and had a huge hook stuck through his tongue and beak.
This Albatross was found at sea and brought into the harbour with a serious wing injury. He was treated with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and returned to the wild after weeks in rehab.
Waxeyes are often brought in as tiny pink hatchlings having fallen out of their nests. They are delightful little birds and grow up in our care to then be released as young adults.


“Oscar” the Morepork like many little owls came in with a broken wing. After his wing was splinted and after a course of special homeopathic medicine to help his bone to knit he was ready for release within a few weeks.
“Kaka” was found by DOC in a weakened state after he was assumed to be hit by a car. He spent a few days making an excellent recovery and was released. A couple of days later he returned to us with a few of his mates to give thanks (or so we think… he might have just wanted an easy feed)!
This beautiful Pied Shag came to ARRC with a large puncture wound in his chest and underweight. He was a juvenile, meaning he was only half grown and was struggling to keep himself fed with such an injury as well as a high risk of infection.


The Muscovy duck was another victim to botulism poisoning, the Mallard duck had what looked like one foot chewed on by a cat dog. A few weeks of fluids and medication for these two got them ready to go, they got released together since they had been rehab buddies.
Found dazed wandering on a road, this Shag got picked up and bought to us by some very lovely people. He was very dehydrated and starving, and a long way from his natural habitat. It was just a few days of water and fish until he was released, he sure was happy to see water again!
“Tui” was only just old enough to be out of his nest, but he could not stand properly, he had nerve damage in his legs (possibly from flying into something or falling). Being the amazing creatures that birds are he healed fully within a few weeks of rehab!


Stuck in rehab for a few weeks due to a wing injury, this duck made a great recovery from having the wing strapped up. She was happy to see some more ducks at release, but mostly excited to get into the water and clean herself since it had been a few weeks.
Only in rehab for a few days before this hawk could be released. He probably flew into something and got a bit stunned (enough for someone to pick him up and bring him to us) but he soon came right and was very keen to get out of the aviary and have some more space to fly.
“Porky” was caught in a Parapara tree, with the sticky seed pods in his feathers, also dehydrated and emaciated. Just a few days of being fattened up after having the sticky pods taken out from his feathers, he could fly again.


Seagulls are another common visitor for us in the summer time with a lot more people around the beaches. They often clipped by cars but make a full recovery, just like this one.
Thrush are one of the most common baby birds that come in having fallen out of a nest too early, after a couple of weeks in rehab they are old enough and strong enough to get released. These are two of many that have been raised to release.
These two beautiful Harrier Hawks came to ARRC with damaged wings, both from being hit accidentally by vehicles.


This cheeky wood pigeon was found as a baby on the ground with no feathers or parents and was brought into ARRC. He was so young that it took a few days for his green feathers to start to show and we realised he was a baby Kereru.
This striking Morepork was found with a suspected head injury after flying into a window of a house. Head injuries often leave birds feeling a little confused, unable to fly and therefore feed or protect themselves.

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