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Black Skimmer

Rynchops niger


Medium sized sea bird with black and white body and red and black beak. Young have speckled back with white chest.


Mostly found around sandy beaches


A protected area on Pensacola Beach Florida were full of nesting adults and baby black skimmers (early July).Even though I was several yards away from the nesting site, the adults were very protective of their babies and would fly at me in groups trying to scare me away. I also met a volunteer who helps protect the wildlife at the beach, and explained that Florida has them listed as a 'concerned species' with less and less habitat in the United States for breeding/nesting.

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albear1960 3 years ago

Thank you. I am very honored to be nominated!

remkinloch 3 years ago

Great series of photos, so useful to have mature and immature birds side by side. Love the light through the bill on the third photo. Congratulations on nomination.

AshleyT 3 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

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Florida, USA

Spotted on Jul 1, 2015
Submitted on Jul 28, 2015

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