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Willet, Plus Skimmers Roosting On A Windy Afternoon

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Timeout, Mar 29, 2007.

  1. Timeout


    May 23, 2006
    This particular day was very windy! You can see by the texture on the water surface that it is not calm

    Western Willet
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    While continuing on home, I happened to see a large flock of gulls roosting on the sand. But within that flock was another flock, a little shorter in stature, with black backs & heads and red bills. I investigated, assuming they would be Terns but it turned out to be Black Skimmers. So on my belly I go! Note the grains of sand flying under their legs ...

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    A Black Skimmer throws his head back in laughter. Apparently a human lying in a sandstorm taking pictures is their idea of funny. :biggrin:

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    Willet shots: Afternoon, 300mm + TC 1.7 @ 1/1000, f/7.1, ISO 200, monopod.
    Skimmer shots: Evening, 300mm + TC 1.7 @ 1/400, f/7.1, ISO 200, hand resting on sand used as tripod ... er, hand-pod.
  2. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Excellent images
    Enjoyed them
    Laughing and all:>))
  3. Baxter


    Jan 8, 2007
    Clemson, SC
    Beautful photos. The water detail on the first one is lovely.
  4. Dig the lighting. Nice shots.
  5. These images are really excellent!!! Love the skimmer with the sand they are such odd looking birds when thye are not flying and so greceful when they are, like transformed!
  6. snownow


    Jul 13, 2006
    so cal
    Great work all around.
  7. Beautiful work!
  8. Timeout


    May 23, 2006
    Thanks Gale, they thought I was funny and I thought they were funny. :biggrin:

    Hunter, I appreciate you taking the time to comment on the which and why, thanks!

    Thanks Thomas! The wind was a bear though, not a good day for any contact lens wearers ...

    Andréas, thanks so much for your kind comments. You have described it well and isn't that the truth? They certainly do have an awkward stature on land but boy oh boy can they perform a smooth (and fast!) water ballet by sea.

    I haven't seen them skimming in a while though; will have to seek them out in calmer weather.

    Thanks Robert, that's nice of you to say. :smile:

    Thanks Dave! Don't eat too much at the get-together now! Be polite and leave some food for others. :eek:  :biggrin:
  9. Love the skimmer shots
  10. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    Beautiful catches one and all, and processed to perfection Miko. :smile:
  11. Timeout


    May 23, 2006
    Thanks Mike! Hope to catch them skimming this summer.

    Thanks for the kind words, Frank, very much appreciated. :smile:
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