Update on Little Terns nesting at Karagi Pt The Entrance NSW

To: Alan Morris <>, <>
Subject: Update on Little Terns nesting at Karagi Pt The Entrance NSW
From: jilldening <>
Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2003 14:12:19 +1000
I salute you Alan for your effort in compiling this report. I thirst for
such knowledge and you sent it unsolicited and on a silver platter.

Re the last par: no mention of Harrington. Does this mean you haven't heard,
or the colony failed, or what? Someone reminded me this week that Little
Terns nest there.


Jill Dening
Sunshine Coast, Qld
26º 51'  152º 56'
Ph (07) 5494 0994

> From: "Alan Morris" <>
> Date: Sat, 18 Jan 2003 12:11:48 +1100
> To: <>
> Cc: "Tim Morris" <>
> Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Update on Little Terns nesting at Karagi Pt The
> Entrance NSW
> BULLETIN No 4 18/01/03
> Size of Colony
> Nesting continues at Karagi Point despite the crush of summer beach
> fisherpersons, swimmers and walkers. Since nesting began on 14 November, there
> have been 64 clutches laid from which so far 72 chicks have hatched.
> Unfortunately high seas claimed from 3-5 nests, and of the 15 nests laid
> outside the fenced area which includes those washed away, only one was
> successful in hatching three chicks, the others all failed. These nests have
> been lost to the great crush of walkers during high tide and periods of heavy
> beach use when the walkers follow along the fence! Never-the-less, chicks have
> hatched from 28 nests but so far only thirteen chicks (13) have actually flown
> off with their parents, although another seven (7) chicks can fly and will
> hopefully fledge while ten (10) other chicks have hatched recently and most
> were known to be present on 18/1/03, all bar two have been banded, while there
> are still one clutch to hatch.
> Predation
> Predation of chicks is higher this year than the previous two years at this
> stage. No reports of chick predation have actually been received but a family
> of Australian Ravens (2A+2 dependant young) were feeding close to the boundary
> of the fenced area following the three days of rain one week before Christmas
> and this is when most of the chicks seemed to have disappeared (ie 27 chicks
> were counted on 9/12/02 while on 18/12/02 only 7 seven chicks were seen during
> the morning survey!)). However Silver Gulls, Nankeen Kestrel and a
> Black-shouldered Kite can all be seen near and over the colony.
> Banding & Colour-banding
> Darryl McKay came and banded 15 chicks from 30/12/02 & 17/1/03. Plans are in
> hand to colour-band nesting birds at the beginning of the next season, if
> nesting does take place then, to better track the breeding birds. So far this
> season 14 colour-banded birds have been detected at the colony. Most of these
> birds were nesting and information on their nesting behaviour, history and
> their partners has gradually been accruing. One colour-banded bird comes from
> Victoria, while others are from Wallis Lake, Lake Woollumboola and Towra
> Point. The oldest colour-banded bird was banded at Wallis Lake in 1991 A
> non-breeding Little Tern with white cap, black bill and legs was seen with
> other non-breeding birds sporting a blue flag on the left leg and a metal band
> on the right leg!
> Red-capped Plovers and other Birds
> Red-capped Plovers continue to nest in the colony and the fifth nest seen this
> season was observed on 30/12/02. While small chicks are regularly seen, half
> grown to almost fully grown chicks are rarely seen! Two White-winged Black
> Terns regularly roost near the colony along with c. 40 Common Terns and c. 30
> non-breeding Little Terns, the number of non-breeders is much less than the
> two previous years cf 150 non-breeders in 2001/2. Red-necked Stints, Ruddy
> Turnstones, Sharp-tailed Sandpipers have been seen feeding along the tide line
> near to the colony. Galahs often land in the colony to feed on the Spinifex
> Grass seed heads and this causes much consternation to the Little Terns.
> Volunteers and Assistance
> 14 members of the Central Coast Group of Birding NSW continue to monitor the
> colony and we would all welcome the assistance of any new volunteers. Wyong
> Council staff did a great job in re-erecting and maintaining the fence.
> Other Colonies in NSW
> It is estimated that there are at 20 prs Station Creek, 20+ prs Bongil Beach,
> Sawtell, 3+prs Nambucca Heads, 120 prs Manning Point/Farquhar Inlet, 55+ prs
> Towra Point in Botany Bay, 35 prs Lake Wollumboola, 12 prs Lake Conjola, 60+
> prs Tuross Heads, 20 prs Wallaga Lake, and 60 prs Wallagoot Lake. 430 prs all
> together, the most number of pairs breeding in NSW for many years. At the
> Bongil colony, a Lace Monitor took 7 clutches of eggs, at Towa Point and Bega
> River mouth Australian Ravens took many eggs and while at Lake Woolumboola &
> Lake Conjola, Foxes are known to have got away with 40+ clutches of eggs!

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