Rare fairy tern released at Point Walter after being nursed back to health


Pauline Mealor (Native ARC) holding the Fairy Tern prior to release
Pauline Mealor (Native ARC) holding the Fairy Tern prior to release

A RARE fairy tern has been released at Point Walter after being brought back to fighting health by Native ARC.

The injured bird was presented to the busy animal centre in early January after being caught by Western Australian Seabird Rescue volunteers.

Native ARC manager Dean Huxley said the bird had an old wound, likely to have been caused by a fishing hook, and was extremely malnourished.

But after more than three weeks under the care of the Bibra Lake centre, the tern was given the all clear for release Friday morning.

Pauline Mealor (Native ARC), Leeanne Beavis (River Guardians) release the fairy tern at Point Walter spit on Friday.

“The tern was taken back to its rescue location at Point Walter spit and will hopefully reunite with its mate and move off when the birds migrate,” Mr Huxley said.

The threatened species nests at the spit between October and January.

Just sixty breeding pairs are believed to make use of the popular recreation spot’s vegetation and shoreline.

Birdlife WA and DBCA River Guardians recently installed chick shelters at the end of the spit to offer the birds extra protection.

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