Little Terns

Subject: Little Terns
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Tue, 08 Feb 2000 12:37:35 +1100
HARRIS & WESTRUP John & Jude wrote:
> Alan Stuart wrote:
> >
> > Regarding Craig's point about predation of Little Tern by other
> native
> > birds - there was a dilemma in 1998 for those involved when a pair
> of Beach
> > Stone-curlew nested at Harrington (NE of Taree in SW).  As most of
> you
> > would know, Beach Stone-curlew also are an endangered species.  What
> > happened was that they fed their young on nestlings from the Little
> Tern
> > colony breeding alongside them.  Of course, the response was to let
> nature
> > take its course.  Very mixed feelings though for those involved.
> >
> So what do you do???  It sounds very much like the pair of Peregrine
> Falcons that nested on the wharf at Devonport or Launceston and fed
> their young on migrating Orange-bellied Parrots.
> Regards
> John Harris
With regard to the Peregrines taking migrating Orange-bellied Parrots,
perhaps the answer might be to arrange a supply of Feral Pigeons during
the migration period....I suppose the RSPCA would object if the pigeons
were supplied alive but minus a few wingfeathers (which I understand is
normal practice when falconers are training falcons).
 Anthea Fleming in Melbourne

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