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Old Aug 12, 2005, 3:56 PM   #1
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These are not great pictures, on the other hand, the light was weak, it was at dawn, and I was shooting at the fastest speed I could 1/100.

This guy was skimming the marsh at LOW TIDE, and for those who wanted to know what happens when they hit a rock with their beaks - here's the special neck joint in action - He never even slowed down...

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/SKIMMER7.JPG[/img]

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Old Aug 12, 2005, 9:36 PM   #2
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Nice captures, but really dissappointing. I was the one who asked about them crashing and I'm going to pretend I never seen these and continue to laugh at their crashes I see in my head.:blah:
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Old Aug 13, 2005, 9:42 AM   #3
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It seems to be something they exect to happen. the action is so fast, and they simply ignore, what would at least give you and I the thought; "last time I do this in shallow water."

I'm going to try again for these guys, and with a little help from the sun, might get some good shots...

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Old Aug 13, 2005, 10:12 AM   #4
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They are very interesting shots Dave. And under the circumstances, not too shabby. I now see exactly how the neck of the Skimmer handles unmoveable objects. Always enjoy viewing your work. Woody
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Old Aug 13, 2005, 1:41 PM   #5
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I'm actually proud of these shots - but how can I show them?

They look, by objective standards like failures...:shock:

Still, I like to post here without worrying about JUST issues of quality - I've seen this before, it doesn't happen that often, and these birds are so strange - so unique!

They don't look for fish, they feed JUST from feel, they are so well adapted to "skimming" that even at 1/100 it's possible to see how they position themselves a few inches from the water, and maintain that, no matter what happens.

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Old Aug 13, 2005, 1:44 PM   #6
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Ouch!

Ok, maybe you didn't have the conditions for great shots Dave, but you did capture some great behavioral images. These birds obviously have shock absorbing internal framework!
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Old Aug 14, 2005, 12:21 AM   #7
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Wow, nice catch. I could feel that one in my own mouth. Interesting stuff, dave, and glad you decided to post the shot. I had never even thought about that and I've seen a pile of these birds in action shots lately but never thought about them hitting a rock with that enormous bill.
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Old Aug 14, 2005, 9:11 AM   #8
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They make absolutely no use of vision. They simply skim the surface blind. Without that trick that they pull - Well, not to many would reproduce. :lol:

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