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Photos of the White tern on the tree, and flying over the Midway Atoll. Especially they look beautiful flying against the deep blue tropical sky.

Photos of the White tern (Gygis alba rothchildi)

The name of this graceful, delicate, snow-white bird with the big black-rimmed eyes was chosen well, it is indeed fairy-like. Especially against the deep blue tropical sky or in the back light, White Terns (Gygis alba rothschildi) look so ghostly, surreally beautiful and fragile as if they came directly from a fairy tale. White Terns spend almost all their lives above the open sea, flying enormous distances. Fish is the principle food of these small and fragile sea birds. In low level flight above the waves, the birds fly far out to the sea to carry off the fish. Without landing they hit the water surface after detecting a fish. During daytime the prey is theirs, and in the evening they fly back to the island with several small fish across their bill, to feed their young birds. Approximately 7,500 White Terns breed on the Midway Islands. The White Tern lives on oceanic islands in the tropical and subtropical zones of the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Ocean. Just as all other sea birds whose food basis is fish, the White (Fairy) Tern is also affected by the devastating plundering of sea resources by the human. Huge worldwide fishing fleets with destructive fishing methods threaten the biodiversity of the oceans.





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Graceful White tern
Graceful White tern

White tern chick on the tree
White tern chick on the tree

Two White terns on the tree
Two White terns on the tree

White terns on the tree
White terns on the tree

White tern spreading the wings
White tern spreading the wings

Two White terns
Two White terns

White terns on the tree
White terns on the tree

White tern on tree stump
White tern on tree stump

White terns on the tree
White terns on the tree

White tern on on a branch
White tern on on a branch

Impressive White tern
Impressive White tern

White tern on the tree
White tern on the tree

Flying White tern
Flying White tern

Graceful White terns
Graceful White terns

White tern at the end of the branch
White tern at the end of the branch

White tern on the midway sky
White tern on the midway sky

White tern on the tree
White tern on the tree

White tern on a branch
White tern on a branch

White tern on a branch
White tern on a branch

White tern on a midway tree
White tern on a midway tree

White tern on the tree
White tern on the tree

White tern spreading the wings
White tern spreading the wings

White tern on the tree
White tern on the tree

White tern on the tree
White tern on the tree

White tern comes back from the sea
White tern comes back from the sea

White tern chick on the tree
White tern chick on the tree

White tern chick on the tree
White tern chick on the tree

White tern chick on the tree
White tern chick on the tree

White tern lands on a branch
White tern lands on a branch

White tern on the tree
White tern on the tree

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