Black Skimmer Bill, Perfect Adaptation

Black Skimmer Bill, Perfect Adaptation

In the past I’ve made mention of how the Skimmer is a master at surface fishing. These photographs display just how perfect their beak has evolved to fit their environment.

Black Skimmer Bill, Perfect Adaptation
Black Skimmer Bill, Perfect Adaptation

The image above clearly displays the Skimmers bill.

Skimmers feed by opening the bill and dropping the long, narrow lower mandible into the water, skimming along until they feel a fish.

Black Skimmer Bill, Perfect Adaptation
Black Skimmer Bill, Perfect Adaptation
Black Skimmer Bill, Perfect Adaptation
Black Skimmer Bill, Perfect Adaptation

We have been lucky and photographed the Skimmers in action a few times this summer. I thought the above gave a good view of the birds unique bill.

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