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2012-06-08

Maharraq Busaiteen shore

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I spent today watching the terns along Busaiteen Shore - mostly Saunders but I found a few locally breeding White-cheeked both on the nest and along the shore. The nesting birds were extremly exposed to flying 4X4's so having located as many nest as I could I made a rock pile next to each to deter even the most detirmened driver; lose a sump or make to make a detour.

Saunders's Tern
Saunders's Tern

Saunders's Tern

A fully fledged youngster still being fed by both parents
Saunders's Tern

White-cheeked Tern
White-cheeked Tern

Note the wet breast feathers adults constantly change duty on the nest always returning after having dipped themselves while on the wing into the sea. It is the evaporation of the water that cools the nest and chick rather than the water or damp conditions that this provides.
White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

The chicks of two nests - they both will be mobile in a matter of days with no vegatation at all on this reclaimed land they will probably take shade behind the rock pile I made

White-cheeked on a nest note the tyre marks all around its a wonder the nest and its chicks have survived this long

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