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Least Tern Chick by Ryser915 Least Tern Chick by Ryser915
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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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Picklesquidly Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This became a meme xD
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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
so sooo cuteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee*gasp* CuTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING EVAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR!!!!!!
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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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ostoja Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
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Blue-Koi Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
"MOMMMMMYYYYYYYY!!!!!"
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l1quidluck Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
aww so cute!
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Bolynn Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So Cute!
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dusadusa Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
awww this is so cute! was he safe, after all? did he find his mommy?
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Light-Foot Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013   Artist
Aww :)
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reichan79 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
This is lovely! :D He's so quick that he even doesn't touch the ground. LOL
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marysucrilhos Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Too cute, can't process it
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AestheticallyCraved Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:lmao: This has to be my favorite funny, yet. The caption made this whole idea blow everything else out the water!
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AliWithAnEye Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Photographer
Omg so cute!!!
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Kristof-clg Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Artist
Hot sand, Hot sand, Hot sand, Hot sand, Hot sand!
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Draw-Over Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's really cute :D
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chickaablet Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
aww~
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romante13 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
first, I wanted to say sorry that I published your work without authorization,...

I found that picture on 9gag annd reposted it on facebook: [link]
Today I found out that you took this photo, so I added "credits" - and a link to you dA-account.
If you agree, I'd love to keep it on my facebook-Timeline.
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Saerl Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Daaaawww that's adorable *o*
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UnreturnedLove Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I bet it's so adorable up close XD
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merajmohammad Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Winner,awesome
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Dorinootje Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
D'aaaaaaawwwww this is soooooooo friggin cute <3.<3
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valeryzabethh Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :juggle:
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TristessaArt Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
:love:
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pauczak Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
run baby of tern! run!! :)
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StarEvergreenFox Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
A cotton ball with toothpicks for legs... I LOVE IT! :D
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AF12 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
its sooo cute!!
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icee-bleu Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's adorable :aww:
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hooopajoop Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
d'aaaaaaaaaaaaaaw
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FrostbiteTheFox Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
awwwwwwwww :icongawwplz:
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Arulana Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
it is so sweet!!!
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wonenownlee Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
AWWWWWWWwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww ..:iconwhiteheartplz:
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GracefulDreamer Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
aww! So adorable!
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Nitupa Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
So cute!Awwr,i love it ;D
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disinchanted Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
"MOMMYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY"


absolutely precious. xD
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dragonaki Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OH MY GOD ! so cute ! I love it !!!
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mamork Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
So cute ! :happybounce:
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Confident chick!
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luct-angga Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
nyaaaaaaaahhh super cute!!
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magyaranna Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
sweet
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winterswind Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
beautiful shot, and an adorable subject!
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HerrHaller Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student Photographer
Oh god this is cute. I love the pose of it!
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MoonGoddess72 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
omg..that is soooo cute!!
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melodi996 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Student Photographer
It's like a little snowman with legs=)
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soccerhaddy Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student Photographer
sooo cute
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