Black Skimmer Colony

We spent the afternoon working a Black Skimmer colony. It was amazing to see such a concentration of skimmers in one place. They come together in colonies to nest. There was mating behavior, birds on eggs, newly hatched chicks and some who were a good size. As the afternoon wore on to dinner time we were fortunate enough to witness and photograph the skimmers as they brought in fish for their young. Some of the fish seemed as big as the chicks that ate them but, they didn’t seem to have too much trouble getting the fish down with a little help from their parents as they would “tenderize” this fish in their beaks before giving them to the chicks. It was cool to learn new behavior…

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