Immature Black Skimmer

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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.
1
Adult-Breeding-Black-Skimmer.jpg


2
A-Skimmer-a-Skimming.jpg

3
BS1-w-branch.jpg

4
BS2-w-branch.jpg


5
BS3.jpg


6
bs6.jpg


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

7
BS-150-600.jpg


8
BS-150-600-second-ver.jpg


9
Fly-By.jpg


10
Point-of-entry.jpg

11
Portrait-of-a-Black-Skimmer.jpg
 
Nice set. The last one is my favorite.

Share-ron, what's really crazy is how thin the beaks are.
 
Nice set. The last one is my favorite.

Share-ron, what's really crazy is how thin the beaks are.

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!
 
great set, i am not sure i have ever seen as much as a photo of one of those before. very cool
 
Excellent! Would like to see that with my own old eyes. Perhaps one day soon.
 
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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Nice set. The last one is my favorite.

Share-ron, what's really crazy is how thin the beaks are.

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!

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

p695046127-5.jpg


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

p358411405-5.jpg
 
Nice set. The last one is my favorite.

Share-ron, what's really crazy is how thin the beaks are.

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!

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

p695046127-5.jpg


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

p358411405-5.jpg
Yup and yup
 
Got this last shot yesterday. I'm headed down to the Circle B in Middle FL and then down to Ding Darling and the Everglades for a week. As much as I love the clarity of the 150-60 Sigma Sports, I have to send it back as it's just too heavy for me for practical use. If I was a young stud with mighty guns, it would be no problem..but I am neither and when coupled to the D810, it weighs in at a whopping 9 pounds. My 80-400 is still my best lens and when Nikon gets all the kinks worked out of the 200-500, I might give it one more try. My first one wouldn't focus at all.

Black Skimmer on a nice fly by.
Goodbye.jpg
 

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