Link to Nickerson Beach guide below the photograph ;)
The strange, uneven bill of the Black Skimmer has a purpose: the bird flies low, with the long lower mandible plowing the water, snapping the bill shut when it contacts a fish:
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Strictly coastal in most areas of North America, Black Skimmers are often seen resting on sandbars and beaches. Same is true at the Nickerson Beach, New York where I photographed this magnificent bird.
- Unlike most birds, their eyes have vertical pupils, narrowed to slits to cut the glare of water and white sand
- Although the Black Skimmer is active throughout the day, it is largely crepuscular (active in the dawn and dusk) and even nocturnal. Its use of touch to catch fish lets it be successful in low light or darkness.
- Flocks in flight may turn in unison, with synchronized beats of their long wings.
Nickerson Beach guide below :)
If you are interested in visiting Nickerson Beach and photographing Black Skimmers, but not sure where and when to go, you can read my free Ultimate Guide to Nickerson Beach, here: http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/7/nickerson-beach-ny-guide
To view more of my shorebird photography, please visit my gallery: greggard.com/shorebirds
As the peak of shorebird migration is upon us, with juvenile birds coming down, here are some recommendations for quick read (to save money I recommend to get used books):
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