A Common Tern chick almost choking on too big a fish?
Ever seen a Common Tern chick almost choke on too big a fish?
The following happened in the summer of 2007 when I was documenting bird life at a local waste water treatment plant: A Common Tern parent accidentally gave its chick a perch too big for it to swallow. As a result, the chick fell down on its back, not being able to move and breathing heavily.
After observing the chick’s condition from a distance for a short while, I finally decided to go to its rescue.
I then took the poor thing into my car and removed the fish gently, after which I let the chick go back to its family. I saw it numerous times later that summer, and I am proud to say that it grew up to be a very beautiful young Tern.