Little Terns in Botany Bay

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Subject: Little Terns in Botany Bay
From: Alan McBride <>
Date: Thu, 4 Jan 2007 17:00:26 +1100
I've been asked by Tony Palliser to send the following to the list.



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Dear All
Re: Little Terns in Botany Bay

During a short visit (all of one hour on the 1st January 2007) the tern

colony was disturbed continuously, so I have no doubt that the birds will

not be successful in breeding.  Two sets of dogs chased the birds and

defecated virtually on the nest of one poor bird, and visitors unknowingly

walked through the colony with their children. Also I was disturbed to see

one of the birds (the Fairy Tern no less) distressed and trying to peck the

tags on its legs the poor thing has two red bands on the left leg and one

orange band on the right leg along with a green regular band.  I have

serious reservations about the value of such work.

Interestingly the Fairy Tern has a little black upon the anterior portion of

one lore, otherwise it looks perfect for Fairy Tern to my eye.


Tony Palliser

Sydney 4 Jan, 2007


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