These are a few pictures shot while working on least terns while working in western parts of Kentucky this morning. This Endangered species has declined due to loss of suitable nesting habitat. The isolated sandbars which they desperately need have become fewer forcing more nesting birds onto a single island. In Kentucky, these colonies may exceed 500 nests. These photos were shot at a larger island where they nest. Unfortunately a small rise in the river had inundated many nests. If lost this early, least terns me re-nest, but success is always difficult for this species.