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Muriwai: White Fronted Terns

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


  1. Marvelous captures! Love the blue, blue skies and the Terns are beautiful, Paul! Hope you have a great weekend! Happy SWF!


  2. What stunning sights of these gulls. You seem to always find lovely sky shots for us.

  3. I love the blues…very nice. Have a blessed weekend!

  4. Beautiful SkyWatch photo

    Happy SWF! Have a nice weekend,

    Regards, Bram

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  5. Stunning shot of the flying birds. The second photo is amazing.

  6. Beautiful photography. A new to me bird! ~karen

  7. What a beautiful birds! Those are gorgeous pics…
    Paul, thanks for letting me know about crane flies 🙂

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