Left Turn Right Turn Least Tern

My visits to the least tern colony this spring provided many photo opportunities. First there were the crab wars and then earlier this week I introduced you to a newcomer to the least tern colony. Today I have a few more images from the colony, specifically their latest resident. Click the images to view larger.

As with any newly hatched bird, food is very important. And this guy never passed up an opportunity to indulge in his favorite activity.

Dad brings home the bacon...so to speak.
Dad brings home the bacon…so to speak.

When I was a teenager, my mom used to say I had a hollow leg. How else to explain where all the food I ate went to. This little guy’s legs are a fraction of the size of the fish he’s eating.

Breakfast Time - Least Tern Chick
Breakfast Time

When Junior wasn’t eating, he was letting mom and dad know that he wanted more!

Hey!  It's time to eat!!
Hey! It’s time to eat!!

The best moments were when Junior and mom spent some quality time together.

Contemplating the future
Contemplating the future

Junior even got in a little bit of lovin’ with this stretch.

Loving Stretch
Loving Stretch

Every so often, Junior and mom would have a little heart to heart talk. Being only a day old, I doubt she was sharing the story of the birds and the bees. But maybe she was imparting some important least tern survival information for that big day when Junior strikes out on his own.

A Tender Moment with Mom
A Tender Moment with Mom

As with any youngster, a morning of eating and exploring the nest scrape will eventually catch up with you.

Nap time approaches
Nap time approaches

And what better place to settle in and take a nap than under mom’s protective wing?

Snug as a bug in a rug
Snug as a bug in a rug

One of the many joys I get out of wildlife photography is observing natural events such as these. I imagine that many years from now, when I am no longer able to haul the gear around the state and sit for hours in the sand, I will enjoy looking back on these images and remembering these days and the beautiful encounters I had. When I stop and consider that most people will never witness events such as these, I recognize just how blessed I am to be able to do this and to record these events for both myself and others.

Thanks for taking the time to read my posts and to view my images. I appreciate all of your comments. Stay tuned for my next post as it will document yet another beautiful wildlife encounter that I will absolutely treasure for the rest of my life.


  • Jenny Meenach

    July 16, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Awesome! I enjoy your posts so much 🙂

  • Margaret

    July 17, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Thank you for hauling all that equipment around so that I may enjoy things I otherwise would not see.

    • Michael Libbe

      July 17, 2015 at 7:36 pm

      My pleasure, Margaret! I’m glad you enjoyed the photos.

  • Don Weesner

    July 17, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Again great shots. Keep up the good work.
    Uncle Don

  • Jess Yarnell

    July 20, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Haha, I love the title of this post! We had such a good morning with these fun birds 🙂