16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Baby's First Step: Snowy Plover Hatchling
Walking across the sand near the dunes on Anna Maria Island, a Snowy Plover ran in front of me carrying an empty egg shell down to the water. I was curious so I followed him back up to the dune. There I found a mother and three hatchlings. Two of the chicks were running around and were so small, I could barely see them as they were camouflaged in the sand. Then I saw one more, that was struggling to stand. This one wasn't thriving like the others. I waited and watched as he got his strength and bearings. With long lanky folded up legs, he took his first awkward step, right to his mother.
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||May 31, 2018, 7:03 p.m.
||Canon EOS 5D Mark III