The Little Wildlife Rescues Blog

We are the other half of Studio 269 Designs - www.studio269designs.co.nz (which has moved hosts and under construction), The Little Wildlife Rescues side of them…


While we are out and about with sketch books or just walking we rescue the little critters we come across in our every day lives that need some help getting through the droughts or are just wind blown or squeezed out of their nests. For whatever reason that they need help we cart them home (if they fit) in our pocket.

The rescues quite often become part of Studio 269 Designs photography/artwork which we will show a bit later on.

We don't always have a rescue on the go, mostly they happen during spring and summer. There are times though, during open hunting seasons, that rescues have happened. Like one day, late in May, down the lagoons, we came across something that looked like a white plastic bag in the tussocky distance, but that something told us we needed to take a closer look. That story about Bones Egret has now been posted.

Any-old-how we are in Marlborough, New Zealand, and we love to rescue the lost and hungry little critters, that many people hardly notice, who seem to know where to place themselves so we will find them.

Thanks for stopping by.

  • Special Branch - The Orphaned Cirl Bunting
    We called the little cirl bunting 'Special Branch' because he sat on a little branch that fitted into the grooves of the window's opening slides. See Picture 4.
    Posted: Sunday 16 May 2021 , 1 Comments
  • Posted: Monday 17 May 2021
  • NZ Juvenile Hedgehog Came For Daily Visits
    This little guy came for daily visits for a very long time during a very dry spell.
    Posted: Friday 21 May 2021
  • Five Little Hedgehogs Saved
    Found a total of four starving hedgehogs on consecutive days. Pic. 1 The first of the four little hedgehogs found was crying out so mournfully. On pick up it was limp and freezing cold. Pic. 2 We had to separate all the hedgehogs on size and strength to get them well. Pic. 3 They all moved outside to the aviary once well enough and big enough where they grew very quickly with food at the drop of a hat and on call. Pic 4 Is the very first hedgehog found a week earlier now ooking really well.
    Posted: Friday 21 May 2021
  • The Paradise Duckling
    We were brought a tiny little duckling that someone found wandering down the road on its own… We called him Parry.
    Posted: Monday 24 May 2021
  • The Two Little Blackbirds
    We found two little birds with tiny pin feathers on the ground after high winds. We don't have. the original photos of when they were found but a little further on we began to take photos... we didn't know what breed they were but after some time a little hint began to emerge. As you can see from photo 1, even further on, they were still squawking at each other .
    Posted: Wednesday 26 May 2021
  • Waxeye and Sparrow
    This little waxeye (or silvereye) was found sunburnt and dazed… The sparrow (no early photos) was found a little earlier, almost naked, under a pine tree.
    Posted: Wednesday 26 May 2021
  • NZ Kingfisher With Injured Wing
    We had this little kingfisher for quite some time, with a healthy 50+ cricket diet a day it kept us very busy hunting crickets until the cows came home! We are now expert cricket hunters.
    Posted: Saturday 29 May 2021
  • The NZ Juvenile Pied Cormorant - Rapaura
    This very young pied cormorant came to us via the children of Rapaura school. This story is from quite some time ago, but it's a lovely one.
    Posted: Thursday 3 June 2021
  • Baby Goldfinch
    This little goldfinch was a delightful rescue right from the start. Unfortunately we didn't. take many photographs along the way, but in a way towards the end we did.
    Posted: Friday 4 June 2021
  • A Little Wildlife Rescue - The Ladybug Story
    One very misty morning I was lying in a puddle taking photographs…
    Posted: Tuesday 8 June 2021
  • Finding Bones Egret
    We (me and my border collie) had been wandering down the Vernon Lagoons for absolute yonks researching and photographing, when we spotted, annoyingly, a plastic bag away in the distance...
    Posted: Wednesday 18 August 2021
  • Another NZ Juvenile Pied Cormorant - We called him Rarangi
    Not long after Rapaura we got a phone call about another young cormorant on Rarangi beach. We called the bird Rarangi...
    Posted: Thursday 19 August 2021
  • 3 Day Old Mallard Ducklings
    The hawk had gotten the mother so 10 little ducklings became orphaned. How do you catch very quick ducklings on water? It wasn't easy...
    Posted: Thursday 16 September 2021
  • Tiny Goldfinch Tossed From Nest - but eventually joined another little goldfinch rescue
    I was lucky to spot the little fellow he blended so well into dusk and the grey colours of the hot summer’s dry dirt…
    Posted: Saturday 13 November 2021