Today’s photo of the week features the New Zealand fairy tern to mark the start of the all-important breeding season for this endangered seabird.
With a population of around 45 individuals, the fairy tern is probably New Zealand’s rarest indigenous breeding bird.
Fairy terns nest in four Northland Wildlife Refuges: Waipu, Mangawhai, Pakiri, and Papkanui Spit; and are extremely vulnerable while nesting.
With the upcoming summer influx of visitors to Northland’s beaches DOC has issued a reminder about the laws protecting these birds.
Photo copyright Malcolm Pullman.