As SANCCOB volunteers in Fish Hoek, we were called out on 14th Jan to Danger Beach at St James to rescue a Northern Giant Petrel.  This huge bird was almost as big as a turkey, with a beak that could take your finger off with no problem!  It had a ring on its leg and, with the help of Safring at UCT, we were able to ascertain that it had been ringed on an Island off Tasmania, Australia, on 16th Jan 2011.  In almost exactly 3 years it had covered 2,268.68 Km!!!!.

 

Northern Giant Petrel found at Danger Beach, St James. Photo: Evanne Rothwell

Northern Giant Petrel found at Danger Beach, St James. Photo: Evanne Rothwell

What an amazing feat.  It had a small injury on its leg and is recovering well at SANCCOB.  It should soon be able to be released and be ready for several thousand more kms!

 

We have had a couple of Southern Giant petrels in the last year, but this is the first Northern one.

 

Evanne Rothwell

PS. Just heard that the petrel was ringed as a nestling, so is 3 yrs old.  He is swimming and preening at SANCCOB so should be released soon.  A real  good news story!

Related Article:

http://scenicsouth.co.za/2013/04/sanccob-volunteers-rescue-southern-giant-petrel/