A large raptor stunned himself flying against a window in Ramsgate (probably chasing smaller prey). He soon recovered from the concussion, with the help of a little cortisone.
However, he was full of ticks and lice (>700 lice fell off after spraying him), and had a chronic fungal nasal infection with the left nostril completely clogged up and a large crust covering the nostril. He was treated for a week with antifungals and nebulised 4 times daily, initially crop-dosed, but he soon developed a liking for chicken necks and finished at least 4 per day!.
Released successfully on our farm just inland of St Michaels.
After release, possibly thinking:
"Thank you, but don't put me in a cage again"?
Interesting anomalies: Steppe buzzards should not occur in our area after April (though some individuals overwinter . Was he possibly too ill to migrate with his friends?)
A distinguishing feature of Steppe
buzzards in all colour morphs is supposed to be barring of the plumage of
lower abdomen: not present in this individual. This led us to consider a possible
alternative identification as a Forest buzzard: much less common, generally
lighter plumage with more marked teardrop-shaped darker spots on the chest,
which were present to a degree. After much debate and reading of bird-books,
we finally decided on a name for him: Steve" the Steppe buzzard.
Margate Vet Hospital