Matt Rayner reports an adult Sooty Tern defending a nest with two chicks at the Three Kings Islands (Princes Island Group) yesterday.
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- Michael Szabo
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Wow that's exciting. But on the other hand it's also climate catastrophy in action. The spread of Pied Shag and Little Black Shag further south in the S Island are also indications, plus the changes in bait fish as food for penguins in the south.
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Having those White-capped Mollymawks there is pretty interesting too. I wonder if they might be thinking about breeding too. What a neat little mix of tropical and sub-antarctic.
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Further intrigue here is that sooty terns only lay a single egg!