Just Born Least Tern Chick and Egg

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I spent a few mornings at this Least Tern colony waiting and hoping for the close nests near the roped off area to hatch. I knew I had to be really lucky in order to get there at the right time when the chicks hatch and before they are wandering around the beach. As I walked up to one of the nests on this particular morning, I couldn't believe my luck when I saw that one chick had very recently hatched and the other egg had not yet. I had an idea to set up a remote wide angle camera and this seemed like a perfect opportunity to do so. As I set up the remote camera I quickly took this photo before setting the camera down and leaving it. I thought this really showed how well these chicks need to blend into their surrounding to avoid predators on the wide open beach. The sunrise was so beautiful that morning and the sky was filled with orange and pinks and really completed the scene. I did dodge and burn the image a decent amount in post production to draw your eye to the nest on this broken shell covered beach.

• Location: Southern New Jersey Shore

• Exposure: 1/25 @ f/4

• ISO: 320

• Exposure Mode: Manual

• Focal Length: 24mm

• Lens: Nikon 24-120mm f/4 VR

• Camera: Nikon D4s

Nature photography has become a very passionate hobby of mine and whenever I get a chance I love to get outside and enjoy being outdoors. I am also the co-owner of KGM Expressions, a wedding and portrait photography business, with my wife Kim. This is how we make our living and I love that we get to do that together.