Photo of the Week: Least Tern Mother and Chick

05-05-2014 // NWF Staff

Least Tern Mother and Chick

International Migratory Bird day is May 10th and Mother’s Day is May 11th, so we’re marking the occasions with a photo of a migratory mama! The least tern has a large worldwide distribution. In the west, three least tern subspecies winter in Central and South America, migrating north for breeding season. The subspecies are distinguished by their distinct breeding ranges. The interior least tern, pictured above, breeds in marsh and river systems and is classified as federally endangered because its populations have sharply declined due to land development on the nesting grounds. This endangered mother and chick were photographed at the sand pits near Wichita, by Kansas naturalist Bob Gress using a Canon EOS 7D with a 500mm lens.

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