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