African Penguin Keith
Keith is a big African Penguin and I suspect a male. Yesterday he ran towards
me jumped up and pecked me on my upper inside thigh and then ran on back to
his usual corner. Well did I get a fright. This is the first Penguin ever to run at me.
And guess who?
Collegiate came to visit us today.
They adopted an African Penguin Juvenile (Melissa) and called her Chocolate.
Then Class 2 B adopted another African Penguin the next one to arrive will be called
A BIG Thank You to all you wonderful people at Collegiate for your generous donations.
Here is a picture of Chocolate.
Whats new at SAMREC
The sun is setting earlier at Cape Recife Nature Reserve.
It is getting slightly colder.
Sunsets are spectacular around this time of year.
I have noticed a fair amount of Jellyfish washing up.
This seal was lying just off one of the Main Beaches in PE resting.
These guys sometimes stay in the same spot for for over a week or two just resting.
This seal is being monitored until he returns into the ocean.
I try to update this page weekly but sometimes time just moves to fast.
In the last two weeks we received 2 Juvenile African Penguins.
Lilo and Melissa.
Lilo arrived in a good state but has cataracts in both
his eyes. He tends to follow voices.
Melissa has tick bite fever. She is being treated. She has been in
for over a week. She is doing OK but she is still critical. Of course
we think that she will make it.
The thing about SAMREC at
the moment is that the bird turn over is currently low. This ensures that
birds get special treatment.
Derrick in moulting - at last.
Above is a new Cape Gannet - Shorty.
Shortys feathers have been ripped out. The feathers should grow out again.
Shorty is still critical.
All the above (and below) Gannets were released in the last two weeks.
We have had quite a few miracles as far as recovery of these remarkable birds goes.
Here Cape Gannets are getting a shower.
Here two Cape Gannets were released on our Penguin Beach.
Flying Penguin - Coffee Shop
What does this have to do with Penguins ? Come to the Flying Penguin and find out.
Actually this is the take off position. But they do fly through the water.
This picture was taken outside the front of SAMREC.
A Rock Kestrel is munching on an Lizard.
This was quite a show. I was entertained by Arthur running around the cave last night
chasing and catching insects. This carried on for at least an hour.
SAMREC at night.
Volunteer cleaning the poo l.
Keith is one of our newcomers. He limps funny, but the vet says its
due to bad circulation from an old injury.
Lilo a little Blue.Lilo came from Tiger Bay in Swartkops.
Last week we honoured Stephan.
SAMREC was the recipient of money that went towards building the back enclosure.
This enclosure has become the main attraction at SAMREC.
Arthur and Poncho have a nest in this enclosure. The birds roam freely between the pool area
and "Stephie's Pikkie Place" as it is now called.
Penguins in the water.
African Penguins are curious creatures. They always come and watch when something changes.
African Penguins are very fast in the water. They need to be if they want to catch fish.
This is a warning sign. Grumpy African Penguins are vicious. Hint: Usually Moulters.
Here we have a Cape Gannet sleeping.
Soon we will be releasing a few Gannets. Most of them have recovered nicely.
Today we talk about Sea School.
Firstly note that SAMREC is an award winning centre.
Wildlife and Environment Society of SA
WESSA like us because of the massive contribution SAMREC has made. Both in Rehabilitation, especially of the African Penguin and for Education, with only 2 dedicated staff members.
This also speaks volumes for our volunteers who slave day in and day out, just to keep this place running smoothly.
Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism honours us for “Walking the extra Mile”. I can’t add to that. That is just what we do.
Shamwari likes us because of our interest in the “Born Free Foundation”. Just follow the link.
So what is Sea School?
Sea School aims to teach the public about the need for organisations like SAMREC.
We help people understand how we are interdependent on the environment around us and nature.
We discuss the plight of the African Penguin and other species.
We discuss the fauna and flora of Cape Recife Nature Reserve.
We use visual aids like Shells, Insects, Stuffed Birds and other animals to make the experience as memorable as possible.
We do walks on the beach and find interesting things.
But sea school is so much more.
While mostly we have teams of Educators going to schools and teaching children, we often have groups come to us. If the weather is good (and the Tide is low) children are taken to the beach for discovery lessons.
Follow this link for more info http://samrec.org.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=66&Itemid=175
Easter Week End
Freya the Gannet was released this morning.
This morning we received another two Cape Gannets, both juveniles.
We currently have six Cape Gannets.
Mostly juveniles that got blown off course by strong winds.
3 Gannets, 1 adult and 2 juveniles are in a critical condition.
This bird jumped into the pool and suddenly 4 Penguins also jumped in and dived pecking the Gannet from underneath.
That was quite a spectacle. Of course the Penguins were not as brave out of the water.
Sigi the Juvenile Seagull still comes back at least 3 times a week.
Here Sigi is chatting to Elvira, as you can see he is quite a smothe talker.
And from all of us at SAMREC may you ALL have a BLESSED Easter.
Today we talk about penguin lingo.
Just for fun I will invite users on Facebook to post their versions of Penguin Lingo.
I anyone posts anything of interest I will copy it onto the website.
This is how they waddle between their neighbours.
Poncho and Arthur do this very often.
Oh we wave to keep those beautiful feathers BEAUTIFUL.
BACK OFF !!!
Well that's quite fun to watch, often it is part of the ecstatic display.
Well a man's got to do what a man's got to do. Don't stand next to me.
Actually that's also part of the ecstatic display.
Well all I know is that they do it.
Next they nail your fingers - watch out.
So what other African Penguin behaviour or Penguin Lingo have you noticed?
Rescue of an African Penguin
Rescue of an African Penguin
This is the story of John an African Penguin.
John the fisherman after who the bird is named called it in.
The African Penguin is moulting from a Blue to an Adult.
And what a beautiful feisty bird he is.
Captured in the hands of this highly experienced volunteer.
I will give it to John, he found a spot with a great view.
Oh and please if you find a Penguin by the ocean don't put him back into the water.
John is quite a healthy adult to be.
We will send off blood slides just to make sure.
2.75 is a pretty good weight, remember that the bird is moulting.
Sue and Marie-Clare checking John from head to toe to make sure that nothing is wrong.
Our newest African Penguin is being carried to his overnight crate.
This is John a couple of hours later, nicely settled in.
There you have it folks.
Rescue ,Rehabilitate and Release.
I am sure that John will be released pretty soon.
or call us on +27 41 583 1830.
Adoptions are great gifts for children and grandchildren.
The money from adoptions helps us rehabilitate more birds.
What is a fisherman to do when he is fishing and next thing he has hooked a bird.
Well here are some tips.
Before you proceed note that often birds go for the eyes, wear safety glasses to protect your eyes.
1.) Live Bird has been hooked.
2.) Gloves are to protect you - not the bird.
3.) Hold the bird by the beak, make sure that the nostrils are free to breathe.
4.) Put the bird with wings folded in between your legs and hold the bottom bill with one hand.
5.) Gently wriggle the hook free.
6.) If the hook is deep and cannot be pulled without hurting the bird - push the hook through the birds skin.
Call us if you're not sure - 27 41 583 1830
SCIFEST and Fire
Our Education Colleagues were busy crunching through the crowds telling them how great SAMREC is this week end at SCIFEST in Grahamstown.
SCIFEST is running between the 13 March 2013 and the 19 March 2013.
So get down to the Albany Natural Sciences Museum and check out our stand. Just look for the Penguins.
SAMREC is actually about more than African Penguins. We care about all sea animals, especially marine birds.
Well below you see the friendly Humewood Police van that helped transport our Penguins to a safe location after SAMREC literally got SMOKED out by an adjacent fire.
The move was precautionary.
I think that the African Penguins enjoyed the outing. Thank you to Capt. Rademeyer and the Humewood SAPS for helping us move birds.
And of course thank you to the NMMM Fire service who have been working since Thursday to get this fire under control.
It's quite an art to fight fires. You have to decide what to put out and what will burn out.
And then the wind starts gusting.
Clearly fire fighting is not my thing.
Back at the Hotel.
Penguins are Chilling in the Swimming Pool - don't get used to it. It's only for a night!
On Sunday morning all was calm and the thick smoke had gone.
As if sent by an Angel, Elana Storm of NMMU arrives with a truck and offers to hitch a trailor and bring all our birds back home.
Elana was also part of the Fire Fighting team. Thank you for being such a life saver when we needed you.
As things get back to normal Sigi makes a grand entrance.(First time in two days)
Sigi as always delighted the visitors that were visiting SAMREC.
This picture was taken this afternoon.
SCIFEST is on.
13 March 2013 to 19 March 2013.
@ Albany Natural Sciences Museum Somerset Street Grahamstown
Our entire Education Team is in Grahamstown at SCIFEST.
Which leaves us the poor humble hard workers manning SAMREC.
Sue and Jenifer have been with SAMREC since its inception. Kirsty joined later, followed by Maryke end of last year.
They have been coming to SAMREC every Monday and Wednesday since I can remember. Keep up the good work guys!!!
What's worse is our Flying Penguin Coffee Shop is currently closed. (You guessed it - SCIFEST)
Being the practical rehabilitation people that we are we came up with a novel plan.
People visiting SAMREC will not be guaranteed tours, but they get to browse around the Centre and view the birds.
The deal is that they leave some sort of donation - your discretion. Remember most of the money goes towards rehabilitating the birds.
SAMREC only has 2 employed staff members.
On the week end Domie a Gannet came in. He has severe injuries in the back of his neck.
This bird needs our prayers - having said that he did survive the week end and the vet did not put him down.
We will be watching him closely.
My entire previous article was devoted to Oyster catchers. Well Sara flew off.
We found her on the Beach happily doing Oyster catcher things, we fed her twice on two separate days.
She has lost interest in humans.
And why do I end with a light house.
Well if you make the trip to SAMREC you have to see the Light House. It has just been renovated and looks stunning.
Today we talk about Sara the Oystercatcher.
Sara came in on the week end.
Sara came in to an inland aviary as a chick. Initially no one knew what species she was.
Consequently Sara was raised on cat food and then fish.
Sara was transferred to SAMREC because her owners felt that she should be released back into the wild.
Sara was named after Sara Stark who helped SAMREC with advice on how to care for Sara the Oyster Catcher and prepare her for release.
I have a personal affection towards Oyster Catchers. I have been watching a couple with a chick since December 2012.
The chick is the one on the right.
Some of this stuff is also on our Facebook page, just follow the link. (Top Right)
I have learnt that Oyster Catchers are territorial. Parents defend their chicks aggressively.
Chicks when lying dead still are difficult to spot. They eat limpets, mussels all the meaty things that you find on the rocks.
I just enjoy watching them as they move around on the rocks.
Just look at that beautiful specimen.
Since Sigi the Seagull arrived I have had a new awareness of Seagulls.
Sigi actually has a personality, more like a human personality.
If you asked me I would say that he has multiple personalities.
Incidentally he still comes to visit us usually once a day.
On Sunday I came across unusual Seagull activity.
The Juvenile Seagull was ducking through the waves holding on to the loot.
I'm not sure what happened to this fish. Incidentally this is a Yellow Tail.
All that is left now is the head.
Elvira doing a night feed at SAMREC.
Our little African Penguin Blue Hamlet is doing well.
He ate 7 fish this afternoon.
This picture was taken this morning. Our adult African Penguins chilling by the pool.
As you can see they are doing penguin stuff.
If you see an African Penguin leave it alone and call us and tell us about it.
+27(0)41 583 1830. Please don't put a penguin back into the water.
Our penguins swim to clean themselves and for exercise.They normally do a couple of
laps around the pool and then come out again and just chill.
And look what we got yesterday.
This afternoon Sunday 3 March 2013 we went out on a African Penguin rescue.
Above Marie-Clare bringing a box for our newcommer.
This poor African Penguin was dehydrated.
The above adult African Penguin weighed 1.38 kg
To put this into perspective, African Penguin Blues must weigh 2.5kg
before they are even considered for release.
He looked better this afternoon and I think that he will make it.
Marie-Claire rescuing an adult African Penguin.
We currently house:
9 African Penguins
1 Cape Cormorant
2 Cape Gannets (Juvenile)
Last Updated 15/05/2013
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