The Marine Response Unit called to let me know that the young gannet we found last Saturday, did not make it. He would have only been a couple of months old. He would have fallen off the colony’s nesting platform and ‘coco-nutted’ for some time (without food) before landing on the beach where we found him.
The Marine Response Unit (Zoos Victoria) always follow up on rescues as they really appreciate people reporting animals in distress, so that they can give them another chance.
They gave me their direct line (state-wide) – 0447 158 676 – for any future rescues. Please add if you think you may use it.
I’m sad he didn’t make it, but so inspired by the Marine Response Unit’s dedication and glad he didn’t have a painful end.
When Windcatcher was launched at Blarney Books in Port Fairy, early October, I thought perhaps I’d written a history book. The shearwaters (mutton birds) should have returned 2 weeks prior – but there was no sign of them.
They’ve never, ever been late before – always arriving within a day or two of September 22. Everyone was really worried and no-one knew what had happened. But, the birds did arrive home – on the night of the launch!! It had nothing to do with the launch of our book of course, but it makes a good story! Only half the usual 30,000 birds arrived back though. Sadly, it’s since been discovered, the others suffered a ‘wreck’ (massed demise) off the coast of Canada at the beginning of their flight back.
Windcatcher. Migration of the Short-tailed Shearwater – by Diane Jackson Hill Illustrated: Craig Smith Published: CSIRO