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How a photographer on a New Jersey beach recorded a Least Tern’s hidden treasures

Least Terns ©2014 Melissa Groo
Least Terns ©2014 Melissa Groo

If you’ve read our October issue, you probably saw the captivating photo by Melissa Groo on page 13 of a Least Tern with two youngsters snuggling beneath its wings. Here, as the saying goes, is the rest of the story.

Groo shot the photo on the morning of July 16 at a Least Tern colony near Ocean City, New Jersey. “It was a gray day, and as I scanned this busy colony in search of something interesting to photograph,” she says, “I noticed movement under the wings of a tern. I realized she was brooding two tiny chicks that still had their egg teeth. I set up just outside the roped-off area and was able to capture this sweet scene.”

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