Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Orphan Birds Fly in; One Good Tern Deserves Another ... and Another

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Orphan Birds Fly in; One Good Tern Deserves Another ... and Another

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Byline: Nikkii Joyce Nikkii.Joyce@scnews.com.au

THREE HUNDRED and sixty-four orphans have arrived on the doorstep of seabird rescue duo Paula and Bridgette Powers.

But as the pair and their many helpers set to work with round-the-clock feeds for the baby white-capped noddy terns, the founders of Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue had one question.

aWho is going to cook us Christmas lunch?a asked a frantic Paula as she fed the new arrivals for the second time in as many hours.

The rescue group received a frantic call on Wednesday about 8.30pm from the Lady Elliot Island Resort manager.

aThere was a huge storm and all the babies were blown from the nest,a Paula said.

The adult terns either fled the storm or were so seriously injured they had to be euthanised.

aThe resort manager said all their guests kept coming in with these babies and asked us what to do, so for the whole night this team of people maintained a vigil and fed them throughout the night. …

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