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Black Skimmer

Rynchops niger


Skimmers (3 species, one each in tropical America, Africa, and India) are unique among birds in having their lower mandible longer than the upper, used to skim the surface of the water and pick up fish. Seen here with Western (light) and Heermann's (dark) Gulls on Cabrillo Beach.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Spotted on May 26, 2012
Submitted on May 29, 2012

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