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:

Black Skimmers at rest on the beach

Black Skimmers at rest on the beach

I’d never seen this behavior in the birds before.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 100mm-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC, shot at 280mm (bottom photo shot at 500mm)
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 500
  • Aperture f/18 (bottom photo shot at f/8)
  • Shutter 1/400 sec. (bottom photo shot at 1/1250 sec.)



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