After dangling the fish in front of Junior, the parent walked away without offering it. It seemed this was an example of tough love to motivate the youngster to find it's own food.
Interior Least Tern (Sternula antillarum ssp. athalassos)
least ternjuvenile least ternternwater fowlaquaticaquatic birdsspillwayupper spillwaywhite rock lakedallas texasuncommonparent and childbeggingjuvenileendangeredinterior least ternsmallest north american ternrareSternula antillarum ssp. athalassos