May 4, 2012

Black Skimmer

SDP  5-4-12

A new bird!  I went for a stroll last night along South Lido Beach and spotted these birds which I'd never seen before. After consulting my trusty Birds of Florida field guide, I learned they're black skimmers also known by ornithologists as razorbills or scissorbills. They happen to be the only bird whose lower bill is longer than their upper bill.  Look at that underbite!


Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

You have him in perfect profile as he looks over his bird-shoulder at you... great depth of field and composition!


Lowell said...

This is amazing! Your photo is terrific but I've never seen one of these or known they existed and I've been visiting beaches in Florida for years! Wow!

Kathy said...

What a cool bird! I'll bet this find made your day.

Ali Crehan said...

A beautiful shot of the bird with crisp detail - and I adore the bokeh in the background.

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