I previously worked as a news and sports photographer. Recently I have been enjoying wildlife photography. My approach toward bird photos is similar to sports photography. I attempt to capture mostly action and hopefully a unique perspective.
Yesterday evening, just before we left for the night a black skimmer showed up and made a couple of passes in the salt marsh.
I saw him snap his head back and I knew he nabbed a fish. The skimmer flew across the marsh reeds heading off for the night happily munching down his fish along the way!
Great fishing technique…
These guys fly fast and fish fast. I’m surprised they don’t have a lot of wrecks. Plus the oyster beds are just below the surface of the water, that would hurt that large lower bill segment for sure.
Great shots of a hard to photograph bird, including that black eye. Thanks Phil!
Thanks Lee, that is a very tough bird to photograph and a struggle for me to try to keep detail in the white and see something (anything) in that black face. The conditions were awful last night too with a cloudy grey sky so I got no help from the lighting. Anyway, I tried to get something out of it. 🙂
I can only imagine how many wrecks I would rack up if I was a skimmer. You sure got a lot out of your opportunity.
This fishing technique sure looks dangerous to me but the skimmers seem to know what they are doing.
They just don’t take my photos into consideration by showing up at a bad time.
Amazing you could shoot him bending his head back like that. The fact he could even do that is also amazing. What a great fisherman he is. He’s got good coloring, too. Love the way the water looks.
These birds are super fast and it all happens so quickly I’m never sure I even got proper photos until later.
They are fun to photograph but challenging.
I wish I could skim like a skimmer. Impressive orange beak – I’m surprised fish can’t see that from miles under the water!
Good point about that bright orange beak, you would think the fish would see that quick. But I guess all it takes is one fish not paying attention.
Love these birds. We do get them on Abaco but I have never seen one. Your sequence is exactly what I want to watch in real life! RH
Very neat fishing skills exhibited here, Phil. Wonderful shots again. 🙂
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