Jekyll Island – Black Skimmers

May 1, 2014 at 10:47 am (Bird photography, Birds - Georgia, Georgia, Georgia State Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) (, )

Black skimmer taking flight, Jekyll Island, Georgia

Black skimmer taking flight, Jekyll Island, Georgia

From one day’s visit to Jekyll Island, Georgia I will have several blogs to come.  I am moving to my new seasonal job in Colorado and am too busy packing to write, so I will just post the photographs.


There were about 200 black skimmers, and an equal number of courting Laughing Gulls and Royal Terns in their usual spot on the south end of the island.


They congregate at high tide to rest and seek a mate.  I was hoping to see the Royal Terns bringing little fish to prospective mates, but they were just getting started with their courtship apparently.


Black skimmers look so awkward and comical when on land, but in flight they are extremely graceful.


The setting sun shines through their ridiculously red bills.


They use their crazy-looking bills to skim the water’s surface for edibles.  Unfortunately I rarely see them doing this.





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