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Fairy Tern News
  • January 4, 2024

Mangawhai boasts the delightful news of welcoming five new fairy tern chicks, two of which are already banded and in the early stages of flight.

Over in Waipu, a Christmas day miracle unfolded as a chick hatched from a Mangawhai transfer. However, the site faces a few compliance challenges involving dogs, fires, bikes, and jetskis. The Ranger is diplomatically addressing these issues to ensure the safety and well-being of the fairy terns.

Tragically, Pakiri experienced disappointment as an anticipated egg failed to hatch as expected.

Papakanui tells a different tale as the resilient pair, nesting for the third time, safeguarded an egg during inclement weather. It was temporarily removed for protection and later returned to the nest.

In the realm of captive rearing, the Auckland Zoo reports the successful hatching of the fourth chick. All are thriving, with plans to relocate them to the Te Arai aviary on the horizon.

In total, there are ten fairy tern chicks, and the possibility of three more eggs incubating. The season appears promising, with fingers crossed for continued success.

A heartfelt appreciation goes out to the dedicated individuals working tirelessly behind the scenes, including Rangers, Volunteers, Trappers, DOC staff, and Zoo personnel. Their collective efforts contribute significantly to the conservation and well-being of the NZ fairy terns.