Here at Animal tracks we seem to have had quite an influx of ornithological casualties lately. Even so I thought you may all still like to read about a recent temporary guest, young Henri the kingfisher. He came to the care of Animal Tracks as yet another tiny lost and very vulnerable baby who would surely have perished left on his own.
But thanks to the loving care of the team he not only survived against all the odds but thrived. Everyone helped but his main caregivers were Abby and vet Warren who together ensured Henri received constant nurturing in order for him to transform from the awkward looking chick with a huge out of proportion head into the beautiful bird he has now become.
Kingfishers are quite shy and seldom seen in most of the western world but here in Goa we are blessed to have several varieties living alongside human habitation. He's a White Throated variety and they can often be seen around here as a blush flash of color or patiently sitting on the power lines waiting for prey that can range from insects and fish to small mammals.
I'm very happy to report that Henri has just flown off into his first sunset. There could not have been a better time for him to go as now the normally dry landscape has been magically transformed by the nourishing monsoon rains into a lush tropical wetland with an abundance of food to sustain Henri through his transition back to the wild. I'm so happy to bring you all yet another IAR rescue and rehabilitation success.