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White-fronted tern (Sterna striata, Laridae: Gulls, Terns) North Island, New Zealand

The White-fronted tern is the most commonly encountered tern in New Zealand. A virtual endemic but for a small breeding population in Australia's Bass Strait. In winter, some NZ birds overwinter in southeastern Australian waters. Here filmed taking advantage of nest sites afforded by the remains of an old bridge right along side its more modern replacement in suburban Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. The birds did not mind the traffic and people walking by, a metre or two from their nests.



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