FW: [Birding-Aus] RFI Fairy Terns in NSW

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Subject: FW: [Birding-Aus] RFI Fairy Terns in NSW
From: "Darryl McKay" <>
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2010 18:27:20 +1100

-----Original Message-----
From: Darryl McKay  
Sent: Friday, 26 March 2010 5:53 PM
To: 'Tun Pin Ong'
Subject: RFI Fairy Terns in NSW

The adult Fairy Tern would have been a female receiving food from its mate a
Little Tern. This is common practice with Little and Fairy Terns where the
male presents a fish to the female during courtship and when nesting.

There is usually one or two mixed pairings recorded on the south coast of
NSW each year.

I regularly record small numbers of Fairy Terns breeding at Lake
Wollumboola, Lake Conjola, Tuross Heads, Tathra  with the largest
concentrations at Lake Wallagoot. The slowly increasing number of breeding
Fairy Terns at traditionally Little Tern colonies needs to monitored as they
are more aggressive than Little Terns and can push them out into less
desirable nesting areas as was the case a few years ago at Lake Wallagoot
when Fairy Terns dominated the high ground pushing the Little Terns onto low
ground and when the lake rose after heavy rain all Little Terns nests were
lost but the Fairy Tern nests remained high and dry.

Darryl McKay

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Tun Pin Ong
Sent: Friday, 26 March 2010 12:43 AM
To: Tim Dolby; ; Nikolas Haass
Subject: RFI Fairy Terns in NSW

Looks like there are not many records of Fairy Terns, especially in NSW.
Excuse me for taking this opportunity to ask for opinions to solve my
mystery for 3 years.

On 03 Feb 2007(3 years ago), about the time where a Fairy Tern was reported
at Penrhyn Estuary, Sydney hanging out with breeding Little Terns. (Refer to
Tim's note below), I also photographed a tern which looked like a Fairy Tern
to me. One thing I was surprised that I observed it joining other young
Little Terns in begging food from returning parent Little Terns. The bird
was clearly a fully grown adult tern. Unfortunately this not-so-good photo
was the only one I took of the bird.

Penrhyn Estuary used to be a great place for birdwatching. I hope the
condition will become better for birds eventhough accessibility is not easy

Best Regards,
TunPin Ong
St Leonards


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