Beyond the BackyardFort De Soto

Time to Grow Up!

While photographing the terns at Fort De Soto over Labor Day weekend, I heard the incessant fussing of a hungry juvenile. It didn’t take me long to spot the fusser, who looked all spiffy in his fresh juvenal plumage. (Adult shorebirds at this time of year have worn feathers, and are easily distinguished from their recently-molted offspring.) This juvenile was so insistent that Mom give him a nice breakfast. The only problem was that Mom wasn’t cooperating. It’s a harsh lesson to learn when you find that you are grown up and responsible for feeding yourself!