Photo: Least tern adopts angel pose

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Our photo of the day reveals the angelic side of an energetic tern.

It's all too easy to anthropomorphize animals, but to go a step further and attribute traits of spiritual beings to them? Well, given the dramatic spread of white downy wings displayed by this least tern (Sternula antillarum), it's hard not to, right? Now all we need is a sly male cardinal to sit on the other shoulder.

Photo by Rick Derevan, San Luis Obispo County, California.

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