White tern sitting on a branch end (00005589)
White tern/Gygis alba rothchildiWhite tern sitting on a branch endThe name of this graceful, delicate, snow-white bird with the big black eyes, is really aptly named. Especially against the deep blü tropical sky, White terns look so ghostly, unreal beautiful and fragile, as if they came straight out of a fairy tale. Flying low over the waves, the birds fly far out to sea 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 7500 fairy tern pairs.