birding-aus Black naped Terns nesting.

Subject: birding-aus Black naped Terns nesting.
From: "jon wren" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 01:00:17 PST
Gooday birders,
During December and January this year a group of Black naped Terns 
nested on the long sandspit of Stone Island, just offshore from Bowen 
Queensland, for International subscribers the location is the "Top of 
the Whitsundays".
David James reported sighting imm.BN Terns early in 1998 and thought 
there was a possibility of a mainland breeding site. The area the birds 
nested would be about 5Km SE of this site where James observed the young 
What I found interesting was the adult birds behaviour during the 
nesting period. Quite a few adult birds would fly from the sand spit and 
fly that low over the water that they almost touched it, they always 
done two or three circuits then returned to the nest site. At this time 
the days were extremely hot so you can imagine the temperature of the 
sand spit. I concluded that the birds were cooling themselves as none of 
the birds were feeding, during the time that they were absent from the 
nest Silver Gulls would move in and actually attack and succeed in 
getting a chick, this caused great commotion.
With hot days continuing for a further fortnight I would have expected 
the nesting site to be decimated, but actually they have succeeded in 
raising a number of young. All observations were from a dinghy and I was 
pleased that the locals gave the island a wide berth during this nesting 

Jon Wren
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