Black Skimmers In A Salt Marsh (1)

Black Skimmers In A Salt Marsh (1)

These photographs are from one of my favorite salt marshes, that rarely provide any wildlife opportunities but is a beautiful spot for landscapes.

Black Skimmers In A Salt Marsh (1)
Black Skimmers In A Salt Marsh (1)

As we passed by heading out to some large marshes a fortunate glance showed Black Skimmers fishing between the salt grass.

If you don’t know these unique birds let me say they are one of the greatest, and fastest, acrobats in the marshes.

Black Skimmers In A Salt Marsh (1)
Black Skimmers In A Salt Marsh (1)
Black Skimmers In A Salt Marsh (1)
Black Skimmers In A Salt Marsh (1)

Their lower bill is longer than the top. This bird literally skims the surface with his beak, and slams it shut when a small fish is caught.

Black Skimmers In A Salt Marsh (1)
Black Skimmers In A Salt Marsh (1)

A hunt involves flying quickly, dodging between any obstructions at high speed, and twisting to change direction. The best description I have is a large swallow, catching fish. You don’t get much faster than a Swallow.

Black Skimmers In A Salt Marsh (1)
Black Skimmers In A Salt Marsh (1)

Skimmers will actually fish and dodge between flocks of other birds such as Herons and Egrets.

Black Skimmers In A Salt Marsh (1)
Black Skimmers In A Salt Marsh (1)

Wildlife photographers love to find these birds because you absolutely need to be at your best. They will make you humble.

This is the first article in a series. A small flock gave us some great opportunities and yep, got blown away a few times.

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