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.
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.
When Junior wasn’t eating, he was letting mom and dad know that he wanted more!
The best moments were when Junior and mom spent some quality time together.
Junior even got in a little bit of lovin’ with this 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.
As with any youngster, a morning of eating and exploring the nest scrape will eventually catch up with you.
And what better place to settle in and take a nap than under mom’s protective wing?
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.