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Black Skimmer

Rynchops niger


This black skimmer was spotted amongst a group of gulls and terns. It is in its winter coloration. (Only the central bird in the 2nd picture is a black skimmer.)


Coastal beach.


The Black Skimmer is protected in the USA under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

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1Sarah2 8 years ago

They are a joy to watch. This one was more interested in a nap. Must have been that time of day.

LarryGraziano 8 years ago

The skimmers are some of my favorites! I would see them feeding all the time in J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge at this time of year. I had some great photos of them with the lower beak in the water grabbing fish. They were always amazing to watch.

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Madeira Beach, Florida, USA

Spotted on Jan 17, 2012
Submitted on Jan 18, 2012

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