White Tern, Gygis alba
Once called fairy tern, this snow-white, miniature bird, turns into gossamer apparitions when backlit by the sun. These hardy birds nest on any precarious place an egg can be balanced: sign posts, Dumpster lids, and tree limbs. Skimming across high seas, they scoop up prey such as flying fish on the wing. They soar on thermals almost beyond human vision, or hover curiously around a human, croaking questions in a language we almost understand.