The colony begins
to thin as pairs separate for the days fishing,
at favoured roosts used prior to departure to
bathe birds despite no lack of space stand shoulder to sholder.
the colony by early November is well under way, by the middle of
December mosts of the gaps will have been filled . The first chicks can
be expected by the second week or third week of November. Breeding will
continue well into March.
Within half an hour of dawn each morning half the sitting, any
unpaired or non breeding birds all aggregate to the side of the colony
(the large black areas) prior to going off to fish. Prior to egg laying
the entire flock 60000 plus birds can depart Suwad within a period of
less than half an hour each morning.
The birds have favoured points about which
congregate each morning, the entire departing flock will leave en mass
to splash down at the days chosen bathing spot close to Suwad.
Two areas are favoured for bathing in the morning, the first in the
channel northeast of Suwad, the second in the bay immediately to the
west of the colony. This bathing area is the most popular during the
rest of the day as the second wave are released as the early birds
return from fishing. Departures from the bathing areas in the morning
are also short lived events but the flock will often reassemble several
times enroute to the days chosen fishing ground. Late starters get a
chance to catch up