Could be bad news for the Caspian Tern Chicks

We visited the Spit yesterday afternoon and were very sad that the Caspian Terns had once again moved from their nesting site. There were about sixteen birds further east towards the Lake Ferry end of the Spit and we only sited one chick. We are hopeful that some of the other chicks are still alive and maybe being covered by a parent. However the weather has been most unsettled over the last few days with strong southerlies on Friday evening and Saturday morning with huge swells. Then we had very strong northerly winds on Sunday afternoon. These sorts of conditions make it very difficult for the parents to go fishing for their babies. Lets just hope that the weather settles down and the birds can have one more go at rearing some chicks.