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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.