Survival of the Fittest

While Kayaking out to the Cokenoe Island Tern colony yesterday we found this-

This one was not fit...

We found this dead Common Tern chick floating in the water along the shore of the colony.  I scooped him up with my paddle, took some photos, and then put him back in the water, where he drifted away.  A sad reminder that a lot of bird offspring don’t make it in the natural course of life.

Fortunately, the rest of the colony was still running strong…

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