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 enjoyed photographing the Black Skimmers (Rhynchops niger). Not only are these birds interesting-looking, with their uneven and brightly colored bills, but are so much fun to watch as they “skim” the water as they forage for food. Here are a few images of the Black Skimmer as they flew to the beach:
In a separate post, I’ll share some images of these guys in action, “skimming” across the coastal waters.
Photographic Equipment Used:
- Canon 1D Mark 3 body + Canon 1.4x TC
- Canon EF100mm-400mm, f/4.5 – f5.6, IS lens
- Handheld, with IS “On”
- ISO 500 and ISO 800
- Aperture f/8 to f/11
- Shutter 1/1000 sec. to 1/1600 sec.