A lucky coincidence and excellent timing saved the life of an endemic and endangered Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle near Smithton last week.
Yolla grandfather Tim Willcox was working on a forestry block at Togari when he stopped his four-wheeler motorbike to answer his phone.
During the phone call he noticed, not five-metres away, a wedge-tailed eagle on the ground in the scrub.
On the phone with a colleague, Mr Willcox asked for assistance, but unfortunately no one was able to join him on the block and rescue the bird.
His colleagues were however able to get in contact with North West Raptor Care wildlife rescuer Adam Hardy, who talked Mr Willcox through rescuing the injured animal.
"Adam rang me and he told me he couldn't get there himself, but told me how to go about it," Mr Willcox said.
"He told me to be weary of the talons and how to tie the legs together, and then I was able to retrieve it on my four-wheeler."
"I talked him through it, but he was happy to go out of his way on his own and have a crack at saving it himself, which was great," Mr Hardy said.
Mr Willcox, who had never been involved in wildlife rescue before, was then able to take the bird to the Smithton Veterinary Clinic.
Mr Hardy then collected the animal from there, along with a regimen of antibiotics which he will use to treat it throughout its rehabilitation.
"She has made exceptional progress throughout the weekend, I'm really chuffed," Mr Hardy said.
He said the eagle had an injury that had become severely septic, and likely would have died if she had been found even just 24-hours later.
"It was a very small puncture wound, which quite possibly came from another eagle," Mr Hardy said.
"They quite regularly have territorial disputes. It's hypotheticals but that would be my first guess."
He said there was nothing to indicate any human involvement in the injury.
Mr Hardy said if an eagle can be approached like this one was, it is likely in need of veterinary attention.
He expected the bird to be rehabilitated and ready for release in two weeks.