British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
British Divers Marine Rescue


2006-05-27 16:01:29

Montrose Medic Rescues 3 trapped Fulmars

Checking the kiln at Boddin, Medic Bob Pert found three prisoners and, with the help of wife, Julie, successfully released them at approximately 13.30. It would appear that someone locally has had the idea of dropping a branch of wood in the hole in order to provide some way that the birds can get out of the hole. Unfortunately, these are seabirds with webbed feet and are incapable of utilising the branch, as can be seen by today's rescue!

Someone has asked Bob why he doesn't just throw the birds up in the air, will they not simply fly away then? The answer to that is no, throwing these birds up in the air is not a good idea. When you have birds that have been flightless for two or three days they need time to exercise their wings in order to take flight. They also need time to acclimatise to the fact that they are free to fly. This is why each bird is taken to a section of the Point away from the kiln hole and released there, they generally take a few minutes before taking flight, usually seaward for a good feed!

Elaine Roft
Montrose Area Co-ordinator (Inverbervie-Easthaven)