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.

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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.

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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.

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

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The setting sun shines through their ridiculously red bills.

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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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2 Comments

  1. AnaLuciaSilva said,

    Stunning!

  2. m.lever said,

    awesome

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