Immature Black Skimmer

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  1. bulldurham

    bulldurham TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    This poor little guy seems to have lost his way as these shots were made in a pond about 10 miles from the Gulf of Mexico...it was my first closeup experience with a Black Skimmer.

    The first shots were made with my D810 and my 80-400 mostly at ISO 1600 (no light) and the last ones (I'll note where they start) with the Sigma 150-600 Sport at ISO 400 (more light) which I find to be a nice, sharp lens but a beast to hold for any length of time.
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    Adult-Breeding-Black-Skimmer.jpg

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    A-Skimmer-a-Skimming.jpg
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    BS1-w-branch.jpg
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    BS2-w-branch.jpg

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    BS3.jpg

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    With Sigma 150-600 Better light but he wasn't in a skimming mood

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    BS-150-600.jpg

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    BS-150-600-second-ver.jpg

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    Fly-By.jpg

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    Point-of-entry.jpg
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    Portrait-of-a-Black-Skimmer.jpg


     
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  2. sm4him

    sm4him In memoriam Supporting Member

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    It's a wonder the little ones can fly at all, with that monstrous beak to grow into!

    Great set, Bull!
     
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  3. JacaRanda

    JacaRanda Hobbyist Birdographer

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    Nice set. The last one is my favorite.

    Share-ron, what's really crazy is how thin the beaks are.
     
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    sm4him In memoriam Supporting Member

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    Yeah, I know, Jacky-ran. :winksexy:
    The first time I got a picture of one from the front, I started to doubt my ID of Black Skimmer, because the beak was just so razor-thin.
    Amazing, the education you get when you're out there taking pictures!
     
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  5. ronlane

    ronlane What's next? Supporting Member

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    Nice, I like #3 and #7.
     
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    dannylightning Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    great set, i am not sure i have ever seen as much as a photo of one of those before. very cool
     
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    baturn TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Excellent! Would like to see that with my own old eyes. Perhaps one day soon.
     
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    Neat set. My favorites are 9 & 11. 9 has nice color, depth, and composition. I love 11 for it's contrasty, colorful composition. Has a hopeful feel inside of it. Thank you for sharing a specie i I'm not familiar with.

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    LarryLomona Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    nice set
     
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    Nice set Chris. I've still not captured one skimming. I hope to this year.
     
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  11. Hunter58

    Hunter58 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    You mean thin like this? (I hope Chris doesn't mind me posting in this thread)

    [​IMG]

    And did you ever see the fishing hook in the back of their mouth?

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  12. JacaRanda

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    Yup and yup
     
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