Rescued seabirds cooling off and growing up

Although today was a little cooler, Hobart has certainly had a pretty decent run of hot days over the past fortnight!

We are sure many of you local Hobartians have had a visit or two to the beach? Well here at Bonorong our seabirds have certainly made full use of our 5 star seabird pool for all their hot weather needs!


If three of these Kelp Gulls look familiar (maybe minus a bit of fluff?) well this is Aqua, Hughie and Espa who were featured on facebook when they were first rescued and brought to the Sanctuary as little chicks! The fourth Gull is ‘Storm’ who was found 2 weeks after our trio came in to care but has since buddied up with them and they are now all good friends. Also we should mention that their is a fifth member of our gull family that didn’t make it into this picture (it is quite a task getting all 5 at once!) and just so he doesn’t get offended his name is ‘Owen’. 

All 5 of our Kelp Gulls have actually just started to fly which means we will be planning their release over the coming few days, very exciting stuff for the Gulls (and for the keepers too!!)

We will be sure to keep you posted! 

  1. Hi I recently rescued a seagull that was dragging both wings, horrifically broken. We live at Clarence point, far nth Tamar river. The gulls injuries were healed so we removed the broken wings. Obviously this bird has been looking after itself for quite a while, after being advised by a wildlife rescue org in our area that there was nowhere in Tas that took in seabirds and that I should have it put to sleep we decided to release it back in the area we found it. The lady I spoke to told me that there was a sanctuary for seabirds being built but not ready yet. I hope I have done the right thing. I wish I had of looked further and found your site first.

    • Hi Yolande,

      For any wildlife incidents please call us straight away on 62 68 11 84, we are a 24 hour number so are always here to help. This is quite a complicated scenario so it would be best if we could call you directly and talk to you. If you could email the Sanctuary – and provide is with your number so that we can give you a call today.

      Kind regards, Bonorong.


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