Port’s good turn for birds

Cockburn Gazette - - NEAR YOU -

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.

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