by Chris Johnston, Green Gully
Looking out the window, I saw this White-winged Chough in really deep trouble. While the Crimson Rosellas have a great lark leaping in and out of my pond, bouncing off the leafy surface, this Chough was clearly out of his or her depth and was looking really miserable. The way to escape was at the other end of the pond, but the Chough was determinedly clinging on to a taro stem in the deep end. Wings heavy with water meant he/she couldn’t flap their way out, unlike those cheeky rosellas.
Uncertain how to achieve a rescue, I tried a branch as a life-line but the Chough floundered away, getting more water-logged. Finally I resorted to a tea towel tossed over the bird when it came close to the edge, and hauled it out. Very undignified, very wet, but alive.