Post details: Breeding Terns

2009-05-29

Breeding Terns

On Sunday evening as the temperature was dropping, Abdulla and I gained acces to the 'Northern New Town', a vast area of reclaimed land on the northwest side of Bahrain. Building hasn't started yet so the area is virtually undisturbed. Breeding Terns, including Saunder's little tern and White-cheeked terns are nesting there and Kentish plover chicks are also on the ground.
We ringed 10 Kentish Plover and 5 Saunders's little tern chicks and recorded nesting White-cheeked terns with eggs and empty nests freshly started. We managed to cover the western and northern shores before the sun set and hope to complete the ringing and survey work along the remainder this weekend.



Saunders's little tern chick


Saunder's little tern nest
Saunders's little tern nest


White-cheeked tern nest
White-cheeked tern nest, fresh with only one egg laid

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