Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Danger! Danger!

“Danger! Danger!”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

The least terns are nesting on St. Simons through September. I had the pleasure of watching them for several days last weekend.

These terns are the smallest in the world, but that doesn’t give them a disadvantage when it comes to attacking their enemies—ghost crabs. Ghost crabs prey on their eggs and chicks! The terns are feisty little rascals and when a crab comes near, they bond together and protect their young.

Ghost crabs are sneaky though. They will attack then bury themselves in the sand to later carry on their mayhem. Did you know they can even slightly change color to match the sand around them?

It was amazing to watch!

Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia

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