The good people of the South Coast Branch of Australian Seabird Rescue organised a workshop on Saturday.
I went along at the suggestion of my friend, Kirsten, who knows I grew up handling small birds (under my father's Bird Banding permit). I have not had any dealings with big sea birds, like Pelicans. Time I learnt something about them, including the fact that Pelicans smell nice and clean (which I thought unlikely, but which I now agree with).
To me they seem to smell like "Ocean Breeze" air freshener (salty with a hint of dried sea weed).
Julie ran the Workshop - in fact she did a huge presentation - all day long, really, apart from a couple of breaks and a bit in the middle when the Pelicans took over, with a little help from some Sea Gulls.
|Pelicans and Silver Gulls awaiting their invitation to take part.|
|The first Pelican to try her part.|
|Julie with a female Pelican|
|This is how they are held safely. Beak and Pouch displayed|
|Rhonda gives a hand|
|Pelican - with a healthy eye.|
|And there she goes, safely returning to the gang.|
|And the Silver Gulls start the clean-up process.|
|Underwing of a Fairy (Little) Penguin specimen.|
|Head and beak of an Australasian Gannet.|
|Beak of a Fairy Prion -a relative of the Petrels and Muttonbirds|
|Fairy Prion showing how elegant and dainty this Seabird is.|
It was an interesting and instructive day. Thanks to all the other ASR Volunteers as well, who helped make it an interesting day.