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Aug 12, 2011, 7:27:12 AM
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Least Tern Chick by Ryser915 Least Tern Chick by Ryser915
While watching several species of terns at Sandy Point, I nearly stepped on this newborn Least Tern chick that was resting in the sand. I quickly backed up and got down on my stomach for some shots. I photographed it resting for about ten minutes, until a much larger Roseate Tern flew low over the colony. The Roseate's shadow spooked the Least Tern chick, causing it scurry down the beach towards its parent. This bird was literally the size of a cotton ball with toothpicks for legs. I almost missed the shot of it running away, as I was literally cracking up. This is late in the season to see a Least Tern this young, so I am assuming this is the result of a pair re-nesting after a failed attempt (usually the result of predation, weather, or nesting too close to the hide tide line).

Sandy Point State Reservation
Ipswich, Massachusetts

August 12, 2011
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Pretty-Planet Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
AHHHH!  Soooo cute!!!  Look at his tiny fluffy butt!
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lila-me Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist
love the little feet kicking up sand :giggle:
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artiser Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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solalis1226 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013   General Artist
Very cute!
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mora-KBM Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Awwwe How Cute :D
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revande Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very Cute! :)
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junweise Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nice moment xD
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leShamallow Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
I WANT TRAVEL THE WORLD!!!! (BUT I HATE KFC)
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"MOMMMMMYYYYYYYY!!!!!"
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