It was the afternoon of our first day on Bolivar Flats in Texas last month. A flock of Black Skimmers was skimming for fish just beyond the waves breaking on shore. Photographing them while skimming low across the water as they scooped up tiny fish was very cool. We had set up our cameras on tripods in the sand and watched as wave after wave of the skimmers, some alone, some in pairs, and some in quartets skimmed for fish. If you look closely, very closely, there is a tiny fish tail sticking out of this Skimmer’s beak. More often than not, they efficiently scooped up fish with their longer lower mandible.

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