To: "'BBACA'" <>, <>, <>, <>, "'Bronwyn Englaro'" <>, "'Mr. Martin Ryman'" <>, <>
From: "Graham Buchan" <>
Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2007 21:46:02 +1100
Dear Linda,

If I had known that my comments would turn into a political circus I would
not have commented. Next time you want to quote someone at least have the
decency to advise them before you publish your polemic. I do not support
your views, as may be implied by my name being associated with your e-mail
to the Universe (I think you left out God).

Simply protect the birds. If I see any at Penrhyn again I’ll be sure not to
report them. Thanks, at least, for reminding me why I am not a member of any

Graham Buchan


From: BBACA 
Sent: Sunday, 4 November 2007 6:36 PM
To: ;
; ;
Bronwyn Englaro; 'Mr. Martin Ryman'
Cc: Darryl McKay; Gary Blaschke; David Stowe; ;
; ; ;
Jodie McGill; ; ;
; ; Mary Wojtowyez;
; Jim&Narelle Towart; ecology action australia; susan hall;
Milton Way; ; Garry Brown [W]; John Tourrier;
; Ian Cohen; 
Importance: High

To:  David Costello, Kaiya Donovan, Robert Cooley - National Parks

       Bronwyn Englaro,Martin Ryman - Randwick City Council

Copied:  birdwatchers Penrhyn Estuary


Dear Dave, Kaiya, Robert and Bronwyn

It appears that the Little Terns will be back at Penrhyn this season (see
comments from Graham Buchan below).

As suggested previously we need a plan of action similar to what is
undertaken in other areas of NSW and in accordance with the NPWS Little Tern
Recovery Plan.    Last season there was enormous interest in what was going
on and goodwill exhibited by most people in the area when they were told
about the importance of Little Terns.  The signs that were posted last year
were inadequate as they did nothing to educate about the importance of the
bird that was being protected.  I refer to the NPWS Little Tern Recovery

Community education programs during each breeding season to increase
awareness of Little Terns and the threats to their viability, to seek
co-operation and to emphasise the penalties for wanton interference.
Possible measures include: media releases and interviews; talks to local
groups; distribution of pamphlets and posters; erection of information
boards near the nesting sites or at appropriate boat ramps; and preparation
of displays for exhibition at local venues. The education programs should
focus on the local community and visitors at major colonies. As described
below, major nesting colonies should be wardened during busy periods to
increase public awareness...... Involvement of the local community in
wardening activities is highly desirable. A training session for volunteer
wardens should be held at the start of the breeding season, providing
general information on Little Terns and outlining the role of volunteer
wardens, including how to handle difficult situations.

 I refer Section 10 of the Little Tern Recovery Plan:

Responsibility for implementation and funding of the Little Tern Recovery
Program will rest primarily with the National Parks and Wildlife Service
(Appendix 2) although other public authorities, specified in Action 1.1,
will be responsible for Little Tern recovery actions as part of their
statutory obligations.(THIS INCLUDES SYDNEY PORTS)  Management flexibility
will be important to the success of the program. Management requirements
will need to be assessed each season and the available resources allocated
accordingly, depending on where and in what numbers the birds nest and what
problems they face at each site. As Little Tern nesting changes in
distribution (sometimes dramatically) from year to year, funding should not
be tied too closely to specific sites. The implementation of these actions
will depend on substantial input from community groups and volunteers.


Potentially, terns may prefer to nest in significant numbers at more than
one site within a given region, and multiple priority sites may be the
result. In this event, flexibility is advised and managers should implement,
if possible, conservation measures at more than one priority site per region
to maximise fledgling success.

Specific Objective 1: Inform land managers of their responsibilities
regarding the conservation requirements of Little Tern Action 1.1 Inform and
consult with land managers

State and local government authorities and community groups with
responsibilities relevant to the protection of Little Terns and their
habitats will be made aware and kept informed by the NPWS  of Little Tern
conservation requirements and the locations of the nesting colonies.
Authorities with responsibilities to protect Little Terns and their habitats
are identified below (Table 9).

In accordance with Action 6.3, Aboriginal people particularly in La Perouse
and Botany areas should be contacted.

Action 6.3 Investigate the cultural and historic significance of the Little
Tern The cultural and historic significance of the Little Tern to indigenous
Australians has not been investigated. The NPWS will encourage research
projects, which seek to define any cultural and historic significance of the
Little Tern.


Lynda Newnam









"Graham Buchan" < HYPERLINK


Fri, 2 Nov 2007 21:29:59 +1100

Hi folks,

At the Estuary tonight were 12 adult and 3 immature Little Terns (at least
one of which I recognised from its coloured leg bands – aquamarine/Tiffany
blue over flesh-pink  left leg and aquamarine/Tiffany blue over metallic
band right leg). And they were displaying both on the sand and in the air (a
very pretty aerial formation flight in pairs). So I guess they’re going to
try and nest again….


Graham Buchan

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