Saturday, July 9, 2011

Life at the Beach

Black skimmers working the shore of Mustang Island on the Texas coast.
As noted in Wikipedia, "Skimmers have a light graceful flight, with steady beats of their long wings. They feed usually in large flocks, flying low over the water surface with the lower mandible skimming the water (in order of importance) for small fish, insects, crustaceans and molluscs[2] caught by touch by day or especially at night. They spend much time loafing gregariously on sandbars in the rivers, coasts and lagoons they frequent."

8 comments:

James said...

Nicely captured! They look like very graceful and fun to watch birds.

I don't think I've seen this type of bird in California or when I visited the New Jersey shore. Sadly I never made it to the coast while I lived in Texas.

forgetmenot said...

Phenomenal photo--you caught the birds "in action". The waves are incredible too. Great work!!! Mickie :)

Gine said...

Très belle photo, très exotique pour moi ! Mais j'aime ces reflets dans l'eau qui se retire, presque sur le sable ...

Chez Loulou said...

What an amazing shot! I absolutely love it!

April's Homemaking said...

Amazing picture!! These birds are wonderful, great shot!!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Great shot. Hope you are enjoying your time away from Omaha. :)

Pat said...

Great shot of the Skimmere skimming!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Impressive observation of animal behavior.