The Black Skimmer has the speed and maneuverability of a Swallow, and the quick strike catch of a Heron. They are perfectly adapted for their environment.
Photographers find these birds to be about the most challenging subject there is. Hard to find and harder to get a good shot.
I was on my own in marshes the other day and noticed two Skimmers fishing in the distance. I waited, then moved on, finally returning later to photo other flocks in the waters.
This was soon a ‘be careful what you wish for’ .
The marsh was very low and now Skimmers were fishing in the smaller pools of water, one right at my feet, but plenty of swamp grass in the way.
I found a pattern to their flight and for the next hour Skimmers circled around me, returning often to ‘skim’ the surface for fish. All the while dodging flocks of wading birds.
Now to dig through hundreds of shots.
ACE Basin, South Carolina.