This is Bitey, a feisty Australian Pelican who was rescued from a fishing hook and line entanglement.
Bitey has good reason to be a little cranky because when he was found he had a hook which had torn a hole in his pouch and fishing line entangled around his right wing. The hole in his pouch was repaired straight away but unfortunately the extent of the line entanglement caused ligament damage in his wing. Bitey has been recovering in our Waterbirds Rehabilitation Facility receiving treatment for over a month now.
While Bitey is a definite survivor, not all of his mates are so lucky because hook and line entanglements as well as swallowed hooks and line cause an unfortunate number of deaths and suffering in our beautiful native Australian waterbirds and turtles.