Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NATURE NOTES AND WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY

 

I am taking us back to the beach we visited towards the end of our time in Florida last February.  We had spotted a large number of gulls and I wanted to get some photos.  I expected to see only seagulls and it was a delightful surprise to find a couple of birds that were different from the rest. 

One that I was interested in and had never seen before was a Black Skimmer.  If you want to learn more about him you can click here and again here.







It has a very long, narrow beak.  The lower mandible is used for scooping up small fish as the bird glides over the water.










 
Occasionally they get told off by the seagulls.











 
Round Two?




Today I am linking with Michelle's Nature Notes and Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday.  Thanks for hosting these wonderful memes Michelle and Stewart. I enjoy joining in when I have something to share.

42 comments:

Betsy Adams said...

The Black Skimmer is a beautiful bird. I've never seen one of them --but he really stands out among the other birds, doesn't he? What a beauty.
Hugs,
Betsy

TexWisGirl said...

really am amazed at those cool skimmers. :)

Adam said...

he certainly is unique

orvokki said...

Skimmer is a funny looking bird.
It's like a gentleman in black dress suit in the middle of the dancing girls in white dress.

Elephant's Child said...

The Black Skimmer looked as if he was replying to the gulls - and my guess is that he was no more polite than they were.

Weekend-Windup said...

Wonderful photos! What a sharp beak does the black skimmer has!

Indrani said...

Cool captures!
You have framed them well. :)

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi these shots are all wonderful. that Skimmer is a funny bird. He looks like he has no eyes and an over big bill and although I have never seen one, I am very hopeful I will some day. I would love to see them skimming the water with their beak.

Valerie said...

A skimmer, that's a new one to me but I like him. I felt quite sorry for him when he was told off by that gull... smiles.

Valerie said...

I hope you got my comment, I tried twice.... doh!

Bob Bushell said...

The Black Skimmer is one of its own, lovely photos.

eileeninmd said...

Denise, great shots of the gulls and the cool Skimmer.. I hope to see some in Cape May during my visit there. Have a happy day!

Mimsie said...

I love the one of the skimmer with his wings raised, very spectacular.
You have gulls the same as we do but the majority of them are entirely different with their darker colouring. They are always such bossy creatures both to other birds and to each other as well.

EG CameraGirl said...

The Black Skimmer looks like quite the character!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Fascinating. The variety of bird species continues to amaze me.

gigihawaii said...

Wonderful captures!

Jane and Chris said...

I was struggling to find his eyes!
Jane x

Sandra said...

these are great... the skimmer reminds me of the only little petunia in the onion patch song. the one time i saw these skimmers here, there were hundreds, maybe thousand, covering the beach at Lido Beach.... i stood amazed. they must have been passing through

Tanya Breese said...

i love that different bird! it looks like he has a black hat pulled down over his eyes!

Karen said...

He sure stands out in the crowd!

William Kendall said...

They are a beautiful bird, and stand out nicely against those gulls.

SeagullSuzie said...

Thank you for sharing another interesting bird. It has a huge bill which must be very powerful.

Ginny said...

I have never seen a real one, but wish I could. The Skimmers are just marvelous to me. and you got such good pictures! He seems very bold, too.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Our WBW posts look a lot alike this week, except yours has better pictures. Aren't those birds amazing?

maryaustria said...

Your shots of the skimmer and the seagulls are fantastic.

HansHB said...

Awesome, they are so cute!

Em Parkinson said...

What a fabulously strange looking bird. It looks like somebody stuck the wrong beak on it!

Brian King said...

One of these things is not like the others! :-) Very unique birds!

Linda Gross said...

I always get excited when I see a new-to-me bird. That black skimmer bird is a beauty.

Roy Norris said...

Superb images Denise. What an unusual bird.

Gail Dixon said...

Really cute narrative and the photos are so cool. Those skimmers are quite interesting looking. But beautiful, too!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I love these cute feathered friends. Great captured.

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

He looks like he's hanging out with the gulls. Interesting fellow.

Kay said...

Hi Denise! That black skimmer is an amazing looking bird. I don't think I've ever seen one before. Thank you so much for all the encouragement you've given me with my travel posts. I'm now desperately trying to finish our trip album before our next trip to Japan. We are having a crazy year.

Arija said...

Ya just gotta love a bird with such a beak! Glad you got the shot with it's mouth open to show the different lengths of the upper and lower parts.

Jana Last said...

Great photos! I've never seen a Black Skimmer before. Thanks for sharing!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful birds! The skimmer has a very interesting looking beak.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

What is even better than seeing a skimmer on the beach is to see one in the water as it fishes. The bill actually skims along the water's surface as its name implies. Glad to see you found lots of your favorite gulls as photo subjects, Denise.

Rambling Woods said...

I have never heard of that bird, but I love the shape and color. Gulls can be bossy.. Thank you for linking into Nature Notes Denise...Michelle

Carver said...

Wonderful shots of the birds.

pattisjarrett said...

Love the commentary! This reminds me of "Which one is not like the others?"

Linda said...

Good to see the skimmer stand his ground and you got some good shots of it and the bossy gull. It's exciting to come across unusual bird species. I'm sure it must be fascinating to see a skimmer flying over water. A perfect beak for the job of scooping up food in the water.