These little chicks are some of the first Least Tern babies to hatch during the 2019 breeding season along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I photographed them on Memorial Day. They hatched from the same eggs I shot just the Friday before.
I wasn’t able to get as close to them as I had before; mom was much more protective. They were a little floppy when we first arrived but seemed to find their legs as we watched. They had already left their nest, which was on the other side of the concrete riser. We decided they must have hatched on Sunday, so they were a day old.
Mom pauses to feed her chick an insect. The youngest of the two babies is still a little floppy here, notice he’s tumbled off the concrete riser and is on his belly in the sand. LOL
Copyright 2019 Susan Rissi Tregoning
May 31st, 2019
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