Hampshire’s Little Terns

We briefly went onto the islands today to change over memory cards in the camera traps. While we were there, we had a quick look around to see how many Little Tern chicks there were (although more were probably well hidden!). Some of the chicks look almost ready to fledge whereas others are much younger.

A young Little Terns almost ready to fledge.

A young Little Terns almost ready to fledge.

2 much younger Little Tern chicks. You can see quite a difference compared to the previous photo!

2 much younger Little Tern chicks. You can see quite a difference compared to the previous photo!

When walking through the colony, you have to be very careful where you tread as the chicks are rather well camouflaged.

Spot the chicks!

Spot the chicks!

Just as we were leaving the island, I spotted a young Oystercatcher as well.

A young Oystercatcher chick. Haven't seen many around the Solent!

A young Oystercatcher chick. Haven’t seen many around the Solent!

The parents quickly returned once we were off the island, and the rest of the morning was spent counting the Black-headed Gull chicks from the boat. There are a lot of them! There are also Mediterranean Gull chicks and Sandwich Tern chicks who all look close to fledging. We then spent the afternoon in the office going through some of the footage captured by the camera traps which is quite interesting.

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