Watching A Skimmer Work

Watching A Skimmer Work

These photographs were taken on a back trail in Bear Island Wildlife Management Area. This section is a 12,000+ acre  (48.65 k) Sea Island in Colleton County, South Carolina. A piece of the ACE Basin.

Watching A Skimmer Work
Watching A Skimmer Work

When out I tend to keep moving, keeps the bugs at a minimum. However, it’s hot and I was babying my aging knees so I picked one of the few open places in the grasses to lurk around in.

Note; if you view the image above on a large screen you can see the water splash from behind the birds bill. Either he caught a small fish or pushed his beak a little too deep.

The grass is now twice as high as a person, and I am not pushing through.

Watching A Skimmer Work
Watching A Skimmer Work

My patience was rewarded a few times. Here a Black Skimmer fished in the water between the reed stand and me. Several went back and forth.

Watching A Skimmer Work
Watching A Skimmer Work

I kept the lens pulled back to allow me to capture the flight path, and catch their method of ‘skimming’ along the surface.

While these images may look simplistic they are fairly difficult for me.

First the Skimmer needs to fish, and fly at the correct angle. I am at the mercy of the bird.

Second, is focus and following the birds flight though a small hole in the grass. I missed a whole lot more than I photographed. A few came by so fast i just watched them zoom by.

 

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