A NESTING family of kingfishers was rescued during demolition works at a Yarroon St, Gladstone site that will feature a 198-room hotel.

While trees were being loaded onto a truck, the four men at work could hear a noise coming from a termite nest.

After a closer look, developer Martin Gleeson said a bird's nest was found inside the nest.

"The hole was like a 50-cent piece," he said. "When we tried to save the nest it disintegrated."

A family of kingfishers has a new home after being rescued from a termite nest during demolition works at the site of a future hotel in the Gladstone CBD.
A family of kingfishers has a new home after being rescued from a termite nest during demolition works at the site of a future hotel in the Gladstone CBD.

He said it was an amusing sight - four big, burly builders holding the four baby birds in their hands.

"We didn't want to do anything until their predicament was solved," he said.

They made a nest out of a cardboard battery box, and an ant cap from the old building, and placed it in a tree 20ft away.

"We moved the four babies over and it took the mother and father half an hour to find them. Then we knew they'd be okay."

He said the chicks were a few weeks old.



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