Photo Study Of Black Skimmers

One of my favorite waterbirds is the Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger). It flies over shallow water, foraging for small fish, using its lower mandible as
a trap to capture its prey. There is a breeding colony at Stone Harbor Beach but I also see them at Bombay Hook, Brigantine, Barnegat Light State
Park, Cape May State Park and the Heislerville WMA.


Black Skimmer Flying Overhead At Brigantine


Black Skimmer Flying Overhead At Heislerville WMA

 
Black Skimmer Sleeping On Stone Harbor Beach Last Summer


Juvenile Black Skimmer On The Beach At Stone Harbor


Black Skimmer Landing Among Other Shorebirds At Heislerville WMA Two Weeks Ago

Last weekend, we were at E.B. Forsythe NWR (Brigantine) in Absecon, NJ and the Black Skimmers were putting on a spectacular show. Please click on the thumbnails or the captions to see a larger image...thanks!

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