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Adult Black Skimmer discarding an eggshell away from its nest:
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The parent birds often remove shells after hatching to keep the nest area clean and hygienic as possible. They will usually drop them some distance from the nest site to confuse predators.
I photographed this Black Skimmer, at the biggest colony of nesting shorebirds in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut area, at the Nickerson Beach, Lido Beach, Nassau County, New York, USA.
In an effort to help photographers and birdwatchers on their next visit to this famous beach, I wrote a free Ultimate Guide to photographing nesting shorebirds at the Nickerson Beach: http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/7/nickerson-beach-ny-guide where I post frequent updates on where I find these birds. I hope you will find it useful! Let me know 😊
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