Port’s good turn for birds
FREMANTLE Ports’ fairy tern breeding sanctuary is again teeming with the small birds. Fremantle Ports environmental advisor Adam van der Beeke said the fairy terns returned to court at the north Rous Head site in mid-November, with chicks expected to start hatching any day now. “Very little is known about the structure of our local migratory sub-population of fairy terns, the role of the sanctuary in maintaining this population and its relationship with other local breeding sites and roosts,” he said. “We are planning to band the new chicks in early January, before they can fly, to help us understand more about their movements and the breeding performance of the colony.” The banding is done under the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme, which manages information on threatened and migratory species. Mr van der Beeke said the public were asked to stay outside the Rous Head fence to keep the fairy terns safe and report trespassers to Fremantle Port. Meanwhile, several fibreglass fairy terns have been installed at Coogee as part of a trial to encourage fairy terns to nest in the area.
Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett holding a fibreglass fairy tern, next to Perth NRM Coastcare officer Craig Wilson.