Rarely seen tern re­leased af­ter speedy re­cov­ery

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The Pil­bara Wildlife Car­ers As­so­ci­a­tion has re­leased a seabird rarely seen on the main­land and its first on record in 17 years of op­er­a­tion.

PWCA co-or­di­na­tor Rose Best said the bri­dled tern had been brought to them from Cape Lam­bert a week ear­lier with a sprained wing, but it had made a fast re­cov­ery.

Terns are seabirds that live in flocks on rocky is­lands in north­ern Aus­tralian wa­ters, in­clud­ing the Mon­te­bello Is­lands and Theve­nard Is­land off the Pil­bara coast, and rarely come to the main­land.

Ms Best said while the PWCA re­ceived terns “in dribs and drabs” each year but bri­dled terns were a species the or­gan­i­sa­tion had not seen be­fore.

“We don’t know that much about terns, ex­cept that this is one of the smaller terns,” she said.

“You tend to know more about your main­land birds be­cause you come into con­tact with them more of­ten.”

She said the bird had likely come close to shore in search of fish and sprained its wing in some kind of col­li­sion.

It was re­leased from Ms Best’s bal­cony ear­lier this month to make its way back home.

The Pil­bara Wildlife Car­ers As­so­ci­a­tion treats sick, in­jured and or­phaned Pil­bara wildlife and can be con­tacted on 0438 924 842.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Pil­bara Wildlife Car­ers As­so­ci­a­tion co-or­di­na­tor Rose Best about to re­lease a bri­dled tern, a seabird rarely seen on the Pil­bara main­land.

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