As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday 19 July 2019

Antarctic fulmars return home after rescue effort

JULY 12 2019 - 3:52PM

Two southern fulmars have been given a second chance at life after being found more than 5,000 kilometres from their home in Antarctica and nursed back to health by volunteers from the state's Seabird Rescue group.
The pair were released in Albany earlier this week after one was discovered in a retirement village in Australind and another was found on the canals in Halls Head in June.
Though the seabirds were among five to be found, they were the only ones to survive.
Western Australian Seabird Rescue spokesperson Fiona O'Sullivan said the birds' recovery had been a month-long process, having been exhausted, weak and underweight when they came into care.
"These fulmars, their minimum weight is typically around 700 grams," Ms O'Sullivan said.
"A couple of the fulmars that have come in have only weighed about 430 grams, which is a lot less than what they need to be.
"They came into care, thanks to a very experienced carer in Baldivis. 
"Initially, we only feed them fluids to rehydrate them and then we gradually reintroduce foods to help building up their strength.
"I transported the birds to our experienced carer in Albany and she continued their care until they were both released."
Southern fulmars typically breed in colonies on the Antarctic Peninsula, moving north during the winter months away from the pack ice.
Ms O'Sullivan said it was very unusual to see the birds in WA, and even more unusual for the rescue group to have two in its care at the same time.
"They're birds that live out on the ocean and they're from Antarctica, so we very rarely see them," she said. 

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