Fun Friday: Birds At Rest




Today’s fun foto is from my winter trip to Florida. While photographing birds at the beach in St. Petersburg, many of the Black Skimmers (Rhynchops niger) dropped to the ground and sprawled out on the sand, making for a comical sight: I’d never seen this behavior in the birds before. Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 1D […]

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Skim Just a Little Off the Top, Please




As a followup to yesterday’s post on the Black Skimmer (Rhynchops niger), today’s post features their best-known behavior, skimming across the water. In this first photo, a black skimmer is returning to the beach at St. Petersburg. Note the long size of the lower mandible, while the upper mandible is much shorter: This gives them […]

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Black Skimmers




While photographing in Florida this past winter, our good friends Tom and Lindsay gave us a grand tour around the St. Petersburg area (Thanks again, Tom & Lindsay!). They both are avid, and very good birders, so we were treated to some wonderful birds that us hillbillies don’t see back home in Missouri! I especially […]

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