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White-Fronted Tern Video Stock Footage
White-fronted terns feed in large flocks by plunge diving on shoals of smelt and pilchards which have been driven to the surface by larger fish and are easily caught. Like all terns they fly with their heads and bills pointing down to see their prey. Breeding is between October and January in large colonies on rocky cliffs and offshore islands. The species was long known to breed on islands in Bass Strait, north of Tasmania, but the colonies there were not discovered until 1979. Many of the birds winter in south-eastern Australia, especially juveniles.
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