The Fairy Tern may have been called this because of its very pale wings that almost seem to let the light through them - this does give them a very delicate look.
These birds are only about 21-24 cm long, and like most terns they do seem to have long wings.
Getting these shots (which have been cropped a bit) was not made easy by the presence of two Pacific Gulls on the beach that seemed to delight in flushing the terns just as I was getting close to them. All in all these tern were a bit nervous.
I was pretty pleased with the in flight shots - and I think they were made a little easier by the presence of a grey sky. I am not sure how the exposure would have gone if there have been a bright blue sky.
Parts of the beach where the terns were landing was coated in shells. When the birds landed they were surprisingly hard to see.
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