Fish and Chicks

During my usual rounds of the colony, I spotted one of our two-day old chicks snoozing in the shelter of a patch of marram grass. All of a sudden, he opened his eyes, cocked his head and began to call out eagerly – he could hear the call of mum or dad returning from...

Chicks on the run

Our oldest chicks, hatched last Friday and Saturday, have grown big and strong enough to leave the enclosure and move down the beach. They gather along the shoreline and – with a bit of patience – adults can be seen coming in and out with small fish from the River...

The tides a’terning!

After an anxious spell of high spring tides, we can finally breathe a sigh of relief! Thanks to an advantageous west wind and some fine weather, the Terns have escaped this month’s spring tide with minimal damage. Just two nests were lost, leaving us with 93 nests...

Eighteen Chicks

With the first of four spring tides last night we were please to see only a single nest lost. There are three further high tides over the next three nights but if the westerlies hold and the air pressure continues to rise, we may be in luck. With eighteen chicks...

Chicks!

Yesterday two chicks finally hatched from the southern end of the enclosure and these were joined by a further five today making a total of at least seven as of this afternoon. The first spring tide is due tonight so we have been moving nests that were too close to...