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 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:


Black Skimmer landing on the beach

Black Skimmer on the beach

Black Skimmer on 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.



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