A recently formed Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii) colony on a sandbank in Fog Bay (Northern Territory), and associated predation

Christine Giuliano, Michael Guinea

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    Abstract

    A Crested Tern colony founded on a sandbank in northern Fog Bay (Northern Territory) failed in 1996 presumably due to inexperienced nesters.Attempts to breed in the years following were equally unsuccessful until 2012 when the colony was established. In 2014, the rookery comprised at least 1500 adults plus numerous chicks. With the success and growth of the colony, the predators, White-bellied Sea Eagles and Silver Gulls, were quick to capitalise on the new prey. Changes in the species diversity and numbers of the avifauna highlight the dynamic and fragile nature of life on the sandbanks of Fog Bay.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)13-16
    Number of pages4
    JournalNorthern Territory Naturalist
    Volume26
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015

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