|Adult Little Tern in flight - often heard before seen
|Adult Little Tern
|Juvenile Little Tern
|The parent bird was constantly back and forth with fish for this one, so good to see that food didn't appear in short supply either
I had the pleasure of sitting on a grant-giving panel locally, and every year an application would come in for more cash to ensure the sustainability of the colony. It didn't seem to be helping, so much so that some less bird-friendly members of the panel started wondering aloud if these avian scroungers weren't just a bit too welfare dependent. But at the risk of sounding like Barack Obama, (or, to raise the piety level a notch further, the RSPB), you can't put a price on hope, and the years of investment, dedication and experimentation seem to be paying off: breeding pairs were up this year to 25.
|Juvenile Little Tern having a scratch
|This young Little Tern was rapidly heading for 1st winter plumage
|Adult Little Tern in flight
|Ringing recoveries show that 'our' Little Terns winter in West Africa.