A lot of you would know that Bonorong has recently built a wonderful ‘Seabird Rehabilitation Facility‘ that has been desperately needed in Tasmania. The enclosure (complete with a large salt water swimming pool) has been designed so that it is big enough to be able to successfully rehabilitate a wide array of species but more importantly can accommodate large seabirds such as albatross, giant petrels and crested penguins too.
This year we have had the privilege of rehabilitating two species of giant petrel – one southern and one northern. These magnificent birds weigh in at around 5kg and have a wing span of approximately 2metres!
Both the petrels were successfully rehabilitated in our care and were released back to sea, which was an amazing experience for all involved! The picture below is of ‘Crew’ the northern giant petrel at his release site (just before he took off actually!) and what a charming, inquisitive character he was!
Our seabird rehabilitation enclosure is an off display area at the Sanctuary because we need to keep the birds away from humans while they recover in our care. The enclosure can be viewed from a distance though, so just check with the keepers what we have in rehab at the time of your visit.
And for all you bird lovers out there then please read the flyer below and follow the link to find out more info about the upcoming Bruny Island Bird Festival! It is on for four days at the end of October and there are some fantastic activities and talks for people of all ages to get involved with! You will be supporting a great cause and we are sure you will learn things about birds that you didn’t know before! http://www.bien.org.au/