Landing Black Skimmer

Landing Black SkimmerLanding Black Skimmer – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1500, ISO 250, Nikkor 70-300mm VR at 300mm, natural light

Black Skimmers are known by several nicknames which include scissorbills, knifebill and cut-water for how their bills slice through the water when they are hunting and how their bills snap shut on prey. They are also called flying beagle and sea-dog because of the yipping sound they make that can sound like a small dog.

I photographed this landing Black Skimmer at the north beach of Fort De Soto County Park as it came into for a landing near a resting flock of skimmers, I was fortunate that it landed far enough away from them to be able to isolate the skimmer from the rest of the birds.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. excelent timing, very good move well captured, bravo mia

  2. What a wingspread. Oh mine!

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  4. Wonderful picture – this is a bird I really want to see!

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

  5. Beautiful shot! Love the facial expression; it looks like one of satisfaction.

  6. No photo for me in this post. Just a little blue box with a white question mark in it. But I tried clicking on that, and then the photo came up. It’s a beautiful shot!

  7. Great timing, Mia. They’re one of the American birds I’d really love to see, especially if they were fishing. It’s unlikely in the US but I hope there might be some on my Costa Rican trip in the 2nd half of January. That bill is just incredible.

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