Muriwai: White-Fronted Terns

Muriwai: White-Fronted Terns

A Skywatch Friday photo. More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

While the main attraction — bird-wise at least — of Muriwai are the gannets, there is more birdlife: gulls (red billed and black backed), and terns (white fronted), as well as tui, blackbirds, finches, starlings …

Above we see a flock of white fronted terns (sterna striata) swarming into the distance. They are courting at present, often carrying a little fish in their beak as offering to their mate. The picture below was taken at Shelly Beach, on the Kaipara Harbour.

White Fronted Terns

White Fronted Terns