Juvenile Roseate Tern at Rockingham, WA.

Subject: Juvenile Roseate Tern at Rockingham, WA.
From: "Frank O\"Connor" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2010 23:50:11 +0100

There could be as many as five populations of Roseate Terns that visit Western Australia.

The best known of course are the large numbers that visit the Abrolhos Islands and breed in November / December. A few breed further south (Lancelin Island I believe) and some used to breed at Mandurah.

There has been a very small population known for quite a while which breeds in Shoalwater Bay near Rockingham, Rottnest Island and Geraldton in May / June.

Then there are the large numbers that visit the Gacoyne, Pilbara and Kimberley coasts ........ Noone really knows what is happening here.

The AWSG has been banding Roseate Terns on the Swain Reef in the outer Great Barrier Reef off Queensland for several years and have found three populations there. One that breeds, one from Japan, and the third ........ So something similar could easily be happening in northern WA.

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
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