We have had our first fledged Little Tern last week, the first chick was seen making short flights inside the colony on the 3rd of July. After many hours of practicing in the relative security of the colony, this little guy built up the confidence and strength to make his first flight out to sea on the 4th of July. Since then, more and more of the chicks have fledged every day. We now see 15-20 chicks roosting with the adult terns and learning how to fish just offshore. The first of our fledglings have started to move off as they are not reliant on their parents for food or protection any longer. These fledglings will fly up and down the coast looking for other potential nesting sites for when they become mature. Once they get the lay of the land they will begin flocking up and heading south to the west of Africa where they will spend their first two years before coming back to breed in 2018.
|Little Tern chick almost ready to fledge|
Taken under NPWS licence (K Delahunty)
|Little Tern flock at roost Taken under NPWS licence (K Delahunty)|
|Little Tern flock dreading Taken under NPWS licence (K Delahunty)|
-Paddy and Kevin