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When I found this arctic tern’s nest on the beach, there were 2 eggs in it. Few days later in the late evening, when I went back to the nest (with Sven, who was visiting me that day), it was empty but there was a small sand mound next to the nest. There were also some human and dog tracks around. I don’t know why, but we dug into the mound and found one egg broken and one egg intact. So we put the intact egg back to the cavity that was used as nest before. Sven drove home, I spent the night on the beach. And somewhere at 2 am mother was on the nest again. This pic is taken about 2 weeks after that, the chick under mother’s wing was hatched from the same egg we put back to the nest.

Location: Estonia

Tags: arctic tern, Bird, jaak poder, randtiir, sterna paradisaea

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  1. Werner said:

    01/03/2011 10:49

    Oh, what a lovely, lovely picture! Nice perspective. An intimate and emotional portrait of a tern and its sheltered chick. Great!

  2. Bruno said:

    01/03/2011 16:39

    WOW! I remember a similar shot of yours on LOFO, also very nice. I agree with Werner, a very lovely and perfectly executed shot. I can almost feel the warmth of the low sun and Mom's plumage... so nice!

  3. Jaak Põder said:

    01/03/2011 18:41

    I am balancing between the shot in Lofo and the one here. Currently I like the one here more, it's more calm and relaxed.

    P.S For the others -- the one in Lofo was http://www.ilm.ee/client/failid/3510.jpg

  4. Luciano said:

    01/03/2011 23:24

    a great intimate and well light balanced image....
    great, great compliments!

  5. Sven Zacek said:

    03/03/2011 11:35

    A story with a sad beginning and a happy ending. Jaak I think you felt like one of the parents and that's why the chick is looking at you with such a kind look.

  6. Bill Heller said:

    03/03/2011 19:36

    What an amazing shot and a wonderful story to go with it!

  7. Massimiliano Mosca said:

    05/03/2011 15:04

    Great photo. I like the DoF (a part from the blur on the lower-right corner). The composition is a bit too centered in my opinion but the moment is great.

  8. Kåre Johansen said:

    07/03/2011 01:55

    I like the story and the picture is great!

  9. Renate said:

    20/04/2011 21:10

    Isn't that just the cutest thing? :) Great shot! The baby bird looks so peaceful and at home (literally). :) Good job on returning the egg to it's nest!

  10. Luis Llavori said:

    04/05/2011 22:38

    Una maravilla de toma!!! La luz es sensacional y el momento de la captura bellísimo y muy tierno