TarapiroheBlack-fronted Tern

Conservation status
In some trouble

A slate-grey bird that wears a black cap with a bright orange bill, the black-fronted tern is found nesting on Canterbury's braided rivers. When they're not breeding, you can see them in coastal areas across New Zealand. But always look around you, they are territorial and love to dive-bomb intruders.

Campaign Manager

Glenda Rees

I became passionate about the black-fronted tern after I photographed an adult flying in with a skink to feed its newly hatched chicks. However, a few days later the chicks perished when the river flooded. The changing environment is just one of many threats to the existence of this species. 

Glenda Rees lying in the grass with a Canon camera and a long lens

Photo credit - Glenda Rees