The tide was going out and the parents were heading across this inlet to search for more food. The chicks were not so sure about being left behind – especially with so many people who had come to cross while the tide was out.
I like having the complete family (even if it is an even number!) and the parents looking in opposite directions. It speaks of a story. The deep sleek black of them and the fuzzy gray of the chicks. I also love the flash of orange. I like the turn of the green inlet going back and forth twice. I like the change of the sand from the soft foreground to the rocky background.