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Old Jul 27, 2006, 1:57 PM   #1
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Fascinating bird, with his strange, oddly attached jaw, and his neck designed for quick release when he snags himself of the bottom.

I spend a lot of time blowing pictures of this guy. Got very lucky the same day I got lucky with the juvenile Herons. Indeed, the "Killer Boot" still lurks in one of these shots.

This first shot, I call a "Skimmer scape," a seascape with Skimmers?

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/SKIM114.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/SKIM118.JPG[/img]

These two shots were shot into the sun, but show what happens when his lower jaw (longer then the top jaw, and unique in the bird world) gets stuck on the mud. Instantly, the neck releases the trapped beak...

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/SKIMMER41.jpg[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/SKIMMER42.jpg[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/SKIMMER44.jpg[/img]

The one close-up I managed to get that day.

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/SKIMER201.JPG[/img]


These birds are powerful fliers with long wings, and if you could imagine that this is the Mid Atlantic, it seems to work

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/SKIMMER45.jpg[/img]

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Old Jul 27, 2006, 2:50 PM   #2
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Interesting shots Dave, nicely done.
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Old Jul 29, 2006, 9:41 AM   #3
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Yet another nocturnal bird which typically is only seen at night or in the early mornings. Would be Interesting to understand why this bird developed that fish by feel technique.
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Yet another nocturnal bird which typically is only seen at night or in the early mornings. Would be Interesting to understand why this bird developed that fish by feel technique.
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Good question, to which I have sterotypical answers...

It works?

It's a niche that no one else fills? They often skim where the other hunters don't, like really close to shore...

For the first time, I found one of them fishing by sight. He was actually fluttering in place, and picking off VERY small fish...

I've only seen this once after three years of watching them...

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