NEW LIFE... A hooded plover chick foraging at the water’s edge. NEW LIFE... A hooded plover chick foraging at the water’s edge. Photo: Coral Johnston

YP hooded plover breeding success

NATURAL Resources Northern and Yorke, and Friends of Hooded Plover volunteers are excited after recording the first successful breeding attempts of the season, with two chicks fledging at Hardwicke Bay, and one chick at Port Rickaby, late last year.

NRNY community ranger Janet Moore said the success was the result of volunteer efforts and the community’s willingness to give the birds enough space to raise their young.

“Hooded plover chicks cannot fly for the first five weeks, and they must remain close to their food source, seaweed at the water’s edge, leaving them extremely vulnerable to disturbance and predators,” Ms Moore said.

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