Black Skimmers

The remarkable bill of the Black Skimmer sets it apart from all other American birds. The large red and black bill is knife-thin and the lower mandible is longer than the upper. The bird drags the lower bill through the water as it flies along, hoping to catch small fish.


16 thoughts on “Black Skimmers

    • Now these guys are super cool birds. I’ve only seen good numbers like this only one other time and that was about 5 years ago in Florida. I could have watched them all afternoon. Couldn’t believe the little minnows they were catching while ‘skimming’

  1. I watched a documentary on Netflix, and these birds were part of the show. Incredibly interesting. Your shots are absolutely stunning – thank you for sharing!

      • Home base is NJ at the moment. I have looked at Sandy Hook, Cape May and last week in Florida. I’ll spot them soon and the wait always makes it more special! 🙂 Thanks for the Delaware tip!

        • They are on Prime Hook Road, at Prime Hook NWR. Where in Florida were you? The other time I saw them was at Cedar Key, but that was in Feb/March time. You can also check for reports of where they may be.

          Did you get the warblers and red knots at Cape May this year?

        • Thanks for the tip! We were on Sanibel Island in Florida. Great wildlife experience as well as a beautiful family spot. I was at Cape May just before the migration really started.

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