Black-naped Terns
Family perched on rock in the sea

A family with their weeks-old chick perched on top of a rock during high tide. The parents usually take turn to find food for the chick. Occasionally, the chick gets swapped off their feet into the sea by the strong waves, but it is capable of swimming back and climb back to the same rock and wait for its parents.

This photo was taken in 2009 when I was still a newbie in my wildlife photography career. Never thought that 5 years later, it would be gifted to The Duke of Edinburgh by Singapore’s President Mr. Tony Tan, on his historic state visit to UK in 2014.