White terns resting on the tree (00005813)

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Pair of White Terns, Gygis Alba Rothchildi, resting on a tree. The name of this graceful, white bird with the big black eyes, is really aptly named. The birds fly far out to sea and low over the waves to to capture fish without landing they hit the water surface when they discover a fish. During the day they swallow their prey, and towards evening they fly back across with up to six small fish in its beak to the island, to feed their young. On the Midway Islands hatch approximately 7,500 fairy tern pairs.