Now that the Piping Plovers at Red River Beach have all fledged, I’ve been sifting thru’ a month’s worth of photos from my trips to the other local nesting areas.
The Forest Beach chicks appear to be a couple of weeks behind the Red River brood, and I was thrilled to capture this tender moment when a young chick who’d been scuttling all over the beach in search of aquatic bugs…
In the quickest of moves, under those soft white breast feathers he crawled…
Having watched these families for weeks now I can usually tell when one of the adults, nestled down in the sand, is tending to a chick. There’s a certain “plumpness” and stillness to them that you begin to recognize.
The tiny chick is usually up, and ready once again to rock and roll!
Which is what I find makes these tender, early moments shared between them, so incredibly precious.
Aren’t Piping Plover families the best?! ❤