Boo! Un­usual bird find on Strand

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT

BIRD res­cuer Deb­o­rah Carter has an un­usual visi­tor in her aviary at the mo­ment.

His name is Bob and he’s a brown booby, a sea bird not nor­mally seen in Townsville.

Ms Carter, who is a birds of prey res­cuer with North Queens­land Wildlife Car­ers, said she was con­tacted by a woman who found the bird on The Strand.

She said she was sur­prised when she heard about it as brown boobys were of­ten seen fur­ther north.

“I’ve never had one come into care,” Ms Carter said.

“He might have got caught in a storm and blown off course.

“Oc­ca­sion­ally we get the lit­tle shear­wa­ters but usu­ally af­ter storms.”

Ms Carter has been feed­ing the young bird, who she said was not in a good con­di­tion when she took him in.

“He was just un­der­weight,” she said.

‘ I thought maybe he’d swal­lowed a bal­loon or plas­tic.

“Be­cause he’s light, he might have been blown in and took refuge on our Strand.”

Ms Carter plans to re­lease Bob in the next few days, depend­ing on how well he puts on weight.

“He’s got to be able to do power flap­ping,” she said.

Pic­tures: WES­LEY MONTS

LIGHT WEIGHT: Deb­o­rah Carter with a rare brown booby found on The Strand.

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