Sooty Tern breeding at Three Kings Islands

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Michael Szabo
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Sooty Tern breeding at Three Kings Islands

Postby Michael Szabo » Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:21 pm

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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Jan
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Re: Sooty Tern breeding at Three Kings Islands

Postby Jan » Fri Feb 28, 2020 2:19 pm

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.
Ian Southey
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Re: Sooty Tern breeding at Three Kings Islands

Postby Ian Southey » Fri Feb 28, 2020 2:36 pm

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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Colin Miskelly
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Re: Sooty Tern breeding at Three Kings Islands

Postby Colin Miskelly » Fri Feb 28, 2020 2:44 pm

Further intrigue here is that sooty terns only lay a single egg!

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