The new African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary at Kleinbaai has already proved its worth, reports Club member Lee Burman.
On Sunday, while working in her garden opposite Hermanus High School, a car stopped at her house, a guy got out and picked up a bird which, to her amazement, turned out to be a young Cape Cormorant (Trekduiker).
“Wolf, which turned out to be the guy’s name, and I tried to return the Cormorant to its normal habitat,” Lee said. But at the shore were no other Cormorants and the bird showed no inclination to move off the rocks – just stumbled around looking somewhat disorientated.
Lee took the bird with her, collected a couple of pilchards at The Fish Shoppe, then dumped the bird on a not too happy Club member Mike Ford. “But he warmed after seeing what an appealing youngster it was and managed to feed it a few bits of fish.
“We then contacted the new Seabird Sanctuary and were delighted to discover that Trudi was coming to Hermanus and would collect the bird herself later that evening. They have a few other seabirds in residence and it has been arranged that Mike will go out there in a week or so to ring them before they are released.”