Category Archives: Shore Bird

Skimmer With Decent Light, Finally

It took about 5 miles and later in the day to catch some Black Simmers in clear water with sun light. Which should not have been that hard in South Carolina.

Skimmer With Decent Light, Finally
Skimmer With Decent Light, Finally

I went from full out marshland to old rice fields. Also the birds broke rules and were feeding mid day, not in the morning. Things worked out well.

Skimmer With Decent Light, Finally
Skimmer With Decent Light, Finally

Now the Black Skimmers are in a place a little more photographer friendly. Well, there’s the Alligators who love clean rice fields too. But the Skimmers are OK with it, so I am too.

 

Dozens Of Black Skimmers

I’ve never had an opportunity with Skimmers like this morning last week. It was hard to know where to focus, especially since they were all at top speed.

Dozens Of Black Skimmers
Dozens Of Black Skimmers

Above, the Skimmers were fishing in large groups flying down the center of the pooling marsh waters.

Dozens Of Black Skimmers
Dozens Of Black Skimmers

Keeping focus was made even more difficult since they were spraying water all around and over each other.

Dozens Of Black Skimmers
Dozens Of Black Skimmers

The fish being caught were small but there was a large number. They all seemed to be catching one at some point.

What was just as amazing was we moved on to several other areas, each had flocks of Skimmers.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

Tormenting The Gators, Skimmers

Buzzing all around and over them at full speed.

Tormenting The Gators, Skimmers
Tormenting The Gators, Skimmers

It would take a lot of luck to grab one going by.

They never even tried.

Tormenting The Gators, Skimmers
Tormenting The Gators, Skimmers

If you look close you can see multiple others heads floating in the background.

Black Skimmers and Alligators.

Skimmers

A few shots taken as Black Skimmers worked a marsh pool near me.

Skimmers
Skimmers

These photographs were at the far end of the shallows. I had the idea of getting the Skimmers as they did their wide turns to make another pass over the surface.

Skimmers
Skimmers

The last two shots I finally was getting the flight directions right. This bird also had a small fish.

Skimmers
Skimmers

I discovered my best option was to keep a little more distance between me and the waters edge. These birds are much too fast.

Shooting wider, which requires more space, is the only way to keep up with them. I think a 100-400 would have been a better lens choice too. A bigger lens is like swinging around a couch 🤣🤣 LOL. You can’t do it for very long (if at all).