Black Skimmers on Merritt Island- More Photos added 2/14

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We saw a large flock of Black Skimmers on the parking lot just east of the bridge to Merritt Island from Titusville. They sure are strange looking birds
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You can't see it clearly in the above photos, but these birds not only fly in formation, but also stand in a loose formation:cool:. You can see it more easily in these wider shots:
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Why are they all facing the same direction? Very strange in a creepy sort of way.
 
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Why are they all facing the same direction? Very strange in a creepy sort of way.
Like I indicated, not only are they all facing the same direction, but they are lined up in loose rows! The wind might explain the same direction, but the formation of rows is very strange.

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Here are some additional Black Skimmer shots from the same flock:

More flying into the group:
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A couple of stragglers:
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Viewing downwind:
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More of the line-up:
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These really are intriguing-looking birds, aren't they, with the interesting beaks?
Yes, the lower part of the beak is much longer than the upper part. I want to see (and get a photo:cool:) of them skimming when they drop the lower part of the beak into the water while in-flight.

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Skimmers In Action

Bob - not trying to hijack thread but have a couple of pictures of black skimmers in action. Took these last week at MI (unfortunately was unable to get there while the group was there - maybe next year). Words of preface for the pictures - I am a neophyte at bird photography (as you'll surely see when you look at the pictures :smile: ). I am really not proficient at BIF. Well here goes anyway.

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I was really excited to see this as I have never seen it before. I am certain that I want to return to MI/VI many more times (especially after I begin to become more proficient in bird photography). This time was definitely sensory overload.
 
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I've been in MI and Viera all week and I have not seen a single one of these. :-(
I did see all the other birds on the other threads so far... which is great!
 
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Bob - not trying to hijack thread but have a couple of pictures of black skimmers in action. Took these last week at MI (unfortunately was unable to get there while the group was there - maybe next year).
I was really excited to see this as I have never seen it before. I am certain that I want to return to MI/VI many more times (especially after I begin to become more proficient in bird photography). This time was definitely sensory overload.
Hi Larry,

Thanks for posting the photos of the actual skimming... That is the behavior I would like to see and photograph.

Bob & Nan
 
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