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.

Mia

10 Comments

  1. eric c11 September 17, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    excelent timing, very good move well captured, bravo mia

  2. Seagullsteve September 10, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Wow.

  3. M. Firpi September 7, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    What a wingspread. Oh mine!

  4. Chukar in a field of white September 7, 2013 at 5:03 am

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  5. Elephant's Child September 6, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Wow. And thank you.

  6. Stewart m September 6, 2013 at 7:37 pm

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

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

  7. Sheila September 6, 2013 at 7:17 pm

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

  8. Montanagirl September 6, 2013 at 11:50 am

    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!

  9. Bob Bushell September 6, 2013 at 5:13 am

    Great catch Mia.

  10. Sonja Ross September 6, 2013 at 5:04 am

    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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