Only child! (I don’t think that other egg in the back is going to hatch. None of the other birds where claiming it.)
Family portrait. This couple was going to be busy feeding three.
“Mom, I’m hungry.”
“Who gets the first fish?” The one closest to the parent must have been a day old. He still had wet feathers.
“Ohhhhh!” That fish is almost as big as the baby.
This one got a tiny fish.
A short video of the baby trying to eat the fish. He eventually got it down but it sat on the sand for a while.
It’s summer and too hot to be inland so I’ve been heading to the beaches more. That means more baby shorebirds. I can’t help but keep visiting the skimmer colony to see the babies. Most of the eggs have hatched even though there are still a few late bloomers coming. There are hundreds of teeny tiny babies running around the roped off area. The parents are busy flying back and forth between the surf and the nests bringing in fish for the babies. Right before sunset is the busiest with babies being fed one last time before dark. I just plop down on the sand and watch the tiny skimmer world in action. It’s like watching “The Truman Show” for birds. I hope you don’t get too bored with my baby skimmer pictures. My hubby asks me “How many pictures are you going to take of those birds?” My answer? “Thousands.”