Skimmer Surprise - click to enlarge

Skimmer Surprise

I almost missed this Black Skimmer. At the last minute I spotted the bird coming low towards me.

Skimmer Surprise - click to enlarge
Skimmer Surprise – click to enlarge

I had not seen a single Skimmer all morning, there should have been hundreds out on the sand bars.

Skimmer Surprise - click to enlarge
Skimmer Surprise – click to enlarge

Again I almost missed him, lost focus as he past in front of me.

Skimmer Surprise - click to enlarge
Skimmer Surprise – click to enlarge

I expected the bird to skim for fish along the shore as he passed by. Not happening.

The Skimmer banked just enough to rise up and fly by at eye level.

Skimmer Surprise - click to enlarge
Skimmer Surprise – click to enlarge

These birds are fast, and being close there’s little time to play with zoom lengths. I either get it right immediately or just watch him go by.

 

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