Latest Oystercatcher and the story of an instant expert

Dramatic images of the plight and rescue operation of thousands of penguins covered in black oil were broadcast and published worldwide in the year 2000 after the bulk ore carrier MV Treasure had sunk close to Cape Town. 

Margaret Roestorf began her presentation at the Club’s first monthly meeting of the year with a video showing some of those images, refreshing the audience’s memory of that hectic operation. It also reminded Mike Ford, past Club president and bird-ringing guru, of his participation in the operation.

You can read the report of Margaret’s presentation in the latest Oystercatcher by clicking on the link above. There are also reports of another presentation on bird-ringing by Mike, and of the Club visits to De Hoop and Rooi Els – and more.

But there is something extra: By clicking on the link below, you can read how Mike became an instant expert at cleaning penguins as he tells it to SA Birdnet in his original emails during the rescue operation of 2000.

MF – Instant Expert

2 comments on “Latest Oystercatcher and the story of an instant expert

  1. What a very moving article! What would the world be without people like Mike and the other volunteers. Well done.

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