White Fronted Terns Take Flight

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Original 1958 colour reel video footage taken by Johnny Kendrick just south of Te Arai Point, on dunes currently planted in pines.  Commentary refers to his companion Geoff Moon, who was then a vet for the Rodney Dairy Company and went on to become of the country's most renown nature photographers.

This film was edited by Chris Wild in 2011. Johnny's commentary was recorded and added to the footage by Anna Wild in 2012. Sound made web ready courtesy of Audacity freeware.

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Background to the footage:  At the time of filming large numbers of Caspian, White Fronted and Fairy terns were nesting on the sand dunes from Pakiri and Te Arai through to Mangawhai.  The current Mangawhai Wildlife Refuge is the northern remnant of these dunes, the remainder are currently covered in pinus radiata plantations.   

Listen to Chris Wild's 2011 interview with Johnny Kendrick here.


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