Bumper season for NZ Fairy Tern

23 Dec 2013

This year, twelve critically-endangered fairy tern chicks have successfully hatched at four sites across Northland and Auckland, which is being taken as an early sign of a bumper breeding season.

NZ Fairy Tern. Photo: David Hallett www.davidhallett.co.nz

NZ Fairy Tern. Photo: David Hallett www.davidhallett.co.nz

  Forest & Bird’s Mid North Branch has been actively involved in the creation of a new site at Waipu, which has one breeding pair which are currently nursing a chick.

As well as the one chick at Waipu, nine chicks have hatched at Mangawhai, and two at Pakiri. A pair at Papakanui Spit is currently sitting on eggs.  

This year, ten nesting pairs have been identified – up from eight pairs last season.

Fairy terns are easily disturbed by beach-goers, vehicles and dogs and may abandon their nests if they feel stressed, so it is hoped that beach goers take extra care this summer when visiting the few beaches where they breed.