Black-fronted Tern (Tarapiroe), Chlidonias albostriatus. Endemic, endangered and declining. Distinguishable from other terns by the black cap, with a thin white line under it on the cheek that increases the contrast of the cap from the grey body. The bill is bright orange, and they have short orange (not black) feet though these can be difficult to see in flight, tucked in under feathers. The tail is forked; the wingtips are not black like the Caspian Tern, which is also much larger than the Black-fronted Tern. They are very acrobatic in their flight' this picture was one of a flock swooping around the Motueka River bridge feeding on flying insects. Expect to see more of these gorgeous birds on my IG stream, because I like them, they are a challenge to shoot, and when I get good shots I'm going to show them off. Plus, you know what they say... one good tern deserves another...
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