A few weeks after Taking Turns Making Terns, I returned to the colony with the hopes of seeing cute babies. I found them! I spent the morning lying quietly on my stomach, observing them from my safe distance of my long camera lens.
I think this baby was 3 or 4 days old. He grew up to be the first banded Least Tern on this beach, nicknamed “Tribble.” He and his brother spent the morning hanging out in these beach grasses. Periodically Mom and Dad would fly in and bring a fish for breakfast.
It’s very exciting when the food comes in. Babies who have been napping for an hour hear the calls of Mom and Dad and go running to greet them…
I don’t know how the adults always fly in to the right chick, but they do!
It was a beautiful morning. Before I left, a pair of adult terns began a mating ritual, so I’m pretty sure there will be more cute little babies running around this beach soon!
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