This little thief runs up and snatches the fish from the adult least tern in the first image.
Notice the chicks in the foreground, one of those two chicks were his, not the one he just fed.
In the second image, realizing this, he chases after the little chick trying to take the fish back. In the third image, the little thief is enjoying his stolen breakfast while his parents stand guard over him. LOL, this little chick has survival skills!
Photographed on June 8, 2019, this image is from my second visit to the Least Tern Breeding Area on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The chicks are now ranging in age between 1 day and two weeks old.
Copyright 2019 Susan Rissi Tregoning
June 10th, 2019
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