Great guesses guys, you stepped it up a notch.
The correct answer was white-fronted terns.
"This image was part of series capturing the lifecycle of white-fronted terns in the Kaipara Harbour. The live in two colonies at opposite ends of an island in tidal flats. As a consequence I spent a lot of time crawling across beaches wearing army camouflage with just a camera, spare battery, binoculars and a water flask." - Eugene Polkan
Eugene Polkan earned a spot as a runner up in the Wildlife category of New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 2011: http://bit.ly/182JClk
Guess the animal - advanced level!
For all those clever clogs out there... What am I?
To some people, crabs are ugly, aggressive scavengers that nip the toes of unsuspecting bathers in cartoons. To biologist John Walsby they are beautiful, complex creatures whose lives are full of intruiging secrets.
Imagine an underground reservoir so large that it has its own tides. A spring of such clarity that the term "crystal clear" is actual, not imaginary. Where distance is deceptive, and divers in its waters seem to hang suspended, as if in space.
What an improbable animal is the seahorse! With a horse's head, a possum's tail, eyes like tiny glass fishbowls and fins that wave like chiffon frills, the shy creatures have intrigued and delighted us since ancient times. But these thoroughbreds of the sea are now in danger of their lives. Ground up for medicines, sold, sightless and stiff, as souvenirs, captured alive for home aquariums, seahorses in many parts of the world have a hard ride ahead of them. A combination of public awareness and aquacultural research - some of it being conducted in this country - may yet turn the tide for these fascinating animals.
Placid or storm-tossed, the surface of the sea is merely the portal into Earth´s largest domain, the ocean realm. For 15 years, Tauranga-based marine biologist and photographer Kim Westerskov has dived his home waters of the Bay of Plenty and found myriad subjects for his camera.
Two-thirds of the Earth’s surface is covered by ocean, with an average depth of nearly four kilometers – making deep-ocean seafloor the commonest environment on our planet. Through our vast extended economic zone, New Zealand controls a disproportionately large slice of that mysterious terrain. What is down there? Scientists from National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research have the job of finding out. In September 2001, they took their equipment – including a bottom lander, here being hoisted over the side of the research vessel Tangaroa – to the Chatham Rise, one of our most important deep-sea fishing areas.
Holding your breath: It’s as simple as that, and as hard. Try it now as you read. Take a quick deep breath… hold… and read on. Right now you are trying to assess how much air you’ve managed to cram into your lungs. You’re facing the sure knowledge that very shortly, probably inside a minute, you will experience an overwhelming urge to breathe, to open your gullet and suck in great life-sustaining drafts of fresh air. How will you cope with that moment when it arrives?