Monday, December 11, 2017
NONBREEDING BLACK-FRONTED TERN IN FLIGHT, LAKE PUKAKI AREA, CANTERBURY REGION, SOUTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 11/6/2017
We can ID this tern as a nonbreeding Black-fronted Tern by its location near a braided river (this is where it breeds), orange bill with dark tip, black patch around the eye and ear, combination of white and blue-grey plumage and orange legs.
The Black-fronted Tern is endemic to New Zealand. It is the only tern that breeds exclusively inland.
The Black-fronted Tern is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 754.