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.



  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


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

    What a wingspread. Oh mine!

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

    Wow. And thank you.

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

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

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

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

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

  7. 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!

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

    Great catch Mia.

  9. 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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