Catching up on some back shots from the beginning of the year.
On a trip over to Akaora with my Flickr and blip friend. February 19, 2016 Christchurch New Zealand.
White-fronted Tern along the waterfront in Akaora. The white-fronted tern is the most common tern on the New Zealand coastline, at times occurring in flocks of many hundreds or even thousands of birds. It is mainly a marine species that is seldom found far from the coast. The name ‘white-fronted’ refers to the ‘frons’ or forehead, where a thin strip of white separates the black cap from the black bill. Most other ‘capped’ terns, including the black-fronted tern, have black caps that reach the bill when in breeding plumage. The scientific name striata refers to the finely-barred (striated) dorsal plumage of recently fledged white-fronted terns, as the original description and name was based on a juvenile bird painted by William Ellis, surgeon’s second mate on the Discovery, on Captain Cook’s third visit to New Zealand. For More Info: nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/white-fronted-tern
by Jocey K on Flickr