Winners Photography Awards 2011
Roseate Tern by Lalith Eknayake
THIRD PRIZE: LALITH EKANAYAKE – ‘Good Tern’
This Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii mother decided to bodily lift her young one to keep it safe from predation by larger shore birds. The action took place at a breeding site on a Sri Lankan island off the northern peninsula. Chick predation is a major survival threat for mass-nesting species such as gulls and terns. This particular tern chick was carried back to safety by its mother.