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“Sam” the Gannet

Monday morning and our friends from Australian Seabird Rescue in Ballina call to say they are releasing “Sam” an injured Gannet from the Skennars Head cliffs at 1pm. Sam had injured legs and has been in care in the seabird rehab centre in Ballina. When he arrived into care he was just over 1kg in weight and today was released at a health 2.2kg.

He was a little apprehensive at first, but after about 5-10mins we think Sam spotted his mates all sitting on the water about 1km out to sea. We watched on as he took off and flew straight out to join them as if they were there waiting for him.

To make a much needed donation to Australian Seabird Rescue please click here.

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Kirra Pendergast is the editor of Common Ground Australia. An award winning photographer, Kirra first picked up a camera at 12yrs old. Her photography has been widely published in everything from international newspapers through to Rolling Stone Magazine (which was a major bucket list tick) Kirra is always out capturing photographs of things as varied as the immense power and beauty of the ocean, storms, and the breathtaking landscapes of Northern NSW. Kirra's photographic passion is music, portraiture and street photography. Born and raised in Byron Bay, Kirra's family has spent generations in the Northern Rivers hailing from Lismore, Tuntable Falls, Tregagle and Byron Bay. Kirra is passionate about supporting local music, creatives, the arts and local business using Common Ground as a platform to promote this place, its people and their passion.


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