Canon 7d, Canon EF70-200mm f’2.8L IS II USM lens, shutter 1/800, f/6.3, +0.3 EV, focal length 123mm, ISO 400
A white tern (aka fairy tern) (Gygis alba) hovers overhead at Midway Atoll in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands. These beautiful little snow white seabirds always remind me of petite angels while fluttering near one’s head.
Often found flitting about in groups, the angelic looking terns have a raspy, non-ethereal call. Laying a single egg on barren tree branches, the oddly shaped eggs rarely fall to the ground. Fluffy chicks hatch and thrive on a diet of small fish fed to them by busy parents. I think of these seabirds as small miracles, one of the many reasons Midway Atoll is such a special spot in the vast Pacific Ocean.
Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, Territory of the United States of America
May 5, 2010
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