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This is the northern most nesting pair of black skimmers in North America and they thankfully re nested on Plymouth Long beach where I do a lot of my shorebird and tern work.

All images with a D300, 700-300 VR or 500 VR both with and without TC's. UniWB used on everything.

Flight images:

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Black Skimmer female at dawn:

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Settling onto the nest:

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Male skimmer portrait:

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In the heat of the day....

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This past Saturday nights addition to the world.....

(all shot back lit with the 500 VR, TC and SB-800 with Better Beamer)

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Bravo Jim! I truly would love to get images of this bird.
A super job on these,thanks for sharing these with us:smile:
 
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Wonderful work and great captures. These images really speak well for your abilities Jim, fantastic work. Nice to see you using the 70-300vr.
 
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Your work continually inspires me, long before I started actively posting here. Terrific series, thanks for sharing. Also, thanks for sharing settings and your posts on UniWB.
 
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Thanks

Thanks for taking the time to look and for commenting.

I've been preoccupied at work since tomorrow looks like it's my last day of being employed so I haven't had a chance till now to check back in on the thread.

Perhaps time to really consider offering lessons.....hmmmmmm
 
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Great images of a magnificent species. If they fly like they look, Black Skimmers must be aerial artists.

Sorry to hear that tomorrow might be your last day. If we keep contracting the economy, there will be no one left to buy anything, no matter how low prices go.
 
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Been preoccupied, so I missed this thread till now. I had seen these images elsewhere and commented how good I thought they are. Excellent exposure on a hard to capture subject.

No matter what you think of the first several shots, you forget all about it when you get to the ones with the chicks. Great interaction, greatly captured!

As Jim mentioned on MASS BIRD mailing list this morning, the chicks have been eaten by predators. :frown:
 
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