I thought I'd share a few more photos from my recent stay-cation on Sanibel. There was lots of sun, surf, sand, and (of course) birds for me to shoot! I was excited to encounter this flock of black skimmers on the Gulf of Mexico one morning. They're easy to spot with their black tipped orange beak and jet black and white body. The skimmer is the only bird with an upper bill that's shorter than it's lower one, which is why it's nicknamed the "scissorbill". I don't see them very often in Sarasota, and this was the largest number I've ever spotted together.
They fly quite fast and skim the water, dipping their lower bill in the water, scooping up shrimp and small fish near the surface. Skimmers like to feed together and when they do, they swoop down one immediately after the other in a line. So, if one doesn't snag something to eat, the next skimmers in line probably will. Very interesting to watch. Hope everyone had a good weekend -- and for those in the States, I hope you're acclimating to Daylight Saving Time!