Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Black Skimmer


I am linking up with  World Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

My World Bird this week is the Black Skimmer.

Last week hubby and I saw quite a few Black Skimmers. We saw them both at Edwin Forsythe NWR on Thursday and at Cape May on Friday.  The Black Skimmers are Tern-like seabirds.

Above my photo captured a few of them head on but I really like the side view showing off their cool looking beaks.

At Cape May I believe they were nesting on the beach. They have roped off a part of the beach and sand dunes to protect the nesting birds. They breed in loose groups on sandy beaches. Three-seven bluish eggs are incubated by both the male and female.

At the nesting area we saw the Black Skimmers, Terns and American Oystercatchers.

I tried hard to catch two Black Skimmers flying low over the ocean at Cape May. I hope you enjoyed my post and to see more beautiful birds check out World Bird Wednesday  and for more nature scenes visit Nature Notes.

Thanks to Springman of World Bird and to Michelle the host of Nature Notes. Thanks for stopping by to see my post, hope the rest of the week is a good one. Happy Birding!

42 comments:

  1. just the oddest looking birds! :)

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  2. They're beak makes them look over balance. Great shots. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  3. They are such a neat looking bird, great shots Eileen

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  4. They do have interesting beaks! Nice photos - love the flying shots!

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  5. Great pictures and such a cool looking birds!

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  6. Skimmers are so cool! I'd love to see some in person.

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  7. i thought the skimmers were such a cool looking bird, i saw them for the first time in cape may!!

    it's very nice that they rope off their nesting area!!

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  8. Of course Cape May is one great birding place

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  9. Great photos of very interesting birds.

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  10. Their beaks certainly are different. Your second photo of the black skimmer in flight is wonderful.

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  11. Beautiful photos, Eileen. I love seeing the Skimmers.. That's good that the beach is roped off to protect the nesting Skimmers... Love it!

    My blog tomorrow is a bird blog. Don't miss it.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  12. a nice series of birds Eileen; you visit some magic places in your travels

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  13. Eileen,
    Nice captures of these cool looking birds!Have a great day!

    Shantana

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  14. Vert beautiful! These birds are beautiful.

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  15. That beak really is amazing. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed seeing these birds.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  16. Lovely captures, particularly of the birds in flight.

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  17. Beautiful series of pictures you show. Wishing you a good Wednesday. Hanne Bente / hbt.finus.dk

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  18. that skimemr is on my wish list. So strange looking with that beak. Nice shots Eileen.

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  19. Skimmers are just such a remarkable bird. I want to see one for real!

    Stewart M - Australia

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  20. Nice pics Eileen and until your post I didn't realise that Black Skimmers nested so far north. You learn something every day.

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  21. They are beautiful bird, and so nice they have a part of the beach to house their young!

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  22. Gorgeous birds, your photos make me really want to see some skimmers!

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  23. those skimmers are really a strange looking bird...weird...like me...and that's why i like them so much!! ha!! great shots!

    happy wednesday!

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  24. I had not even heard of this bird, but how cool it is..You do have the best opportunities for seeing and photographing birds Eileen..I learn a lot here..thank you for linking up to Nature Notes..Michelle

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  25. Hi Eileen! I love the black skimmers! The overall scenery is great also! Thanks for sharing :)

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  26. Such a nice post, lovely to see!

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  27. Great shots .... yes, it't hard to catch birds with the camera. Think you did it very well with the flying birds :)

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  28. Fascinating birds Eileen, you got some great shots of them.

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  29. They are cool looking birds, but I don't want to get too close to that beak. I have never seen one in person before.

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  30. Eileen: What a great bill on those birds, they are very colorful.

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  31. Love the beaks on those birds!

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  32. such beautiful images!!! and beautiful bitds!

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  33. Terrific captures, Eileen. Those are the coolest birds. Love the colorful beak with the black and white coloring.

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  34. You are making me want to return to Cape May again. We went there three years ago, and I keep asking my family to go again. But they vote otherwise.

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  35. I loe them! They are great!
    Greetings from Cottage Country!

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  36. Strange looking birds with cool colors!! And I just learned about a new bird:) Thank you!

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  37. i do not think we have black skimmers here, have not seen one. i too like the side view showing their beaks.

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  38. All black and white with a dash of red thrown in, gorgeous birds.

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  39. Great shots of the skimmers.

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  40. Fantastic photos for SWF,Eileen!Thank you for sharing and have a nice weekend!

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  41. Great pictures, very odd looking beaks on those skimmers.

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  42. Great shots of what must be one of my favorite birds!

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Hello, Thanks for stopping by my blog. This is my blog about the birds I see, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. They might not always be the best of photos because I like to keep photos as a record of where and when I see them.
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