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