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September 3, 2010

Muriwai: White Fronted Terns

Filed under: Birds,Muriwai,Sky — paul @ 7:07 am
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

8 Comments

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

    Sylvia

    Comment by Sylvia Kirkwood — September 3, 2010 @ 9:13 am

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

    Comment by LaVoice — September 3, 2010 @ 11:32 am

  3. Wonderful shots!

    Comment by clairz — September 3, 2010 @ 12:00 pm

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

    Comment by serline — September 3, 2010 @ 6:06 pm

  5. Beautiful SkyWatch photo

    Happy SWF! Have a nice weekend,

    Regards, Bram

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    Seen on Sky Watch Friday

    Comment by Bram — September 3, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

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

    Comment by Jossie — September 3, 2010 @ 7:57 pm

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

    Comment by kaholly — September 4, 2010 @ 8:16 am

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

    Comment by lina@women's perspectives — September 5, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

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