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I was thrilled with yet another lifer species that day - Black Skimmers. Most that I saw were bathing in a small lagoon. Then one of them took off and all of us there had our cameras at the ready to catch him skimming, but he circled around for a while, then landed again. When we looked at our shots, we realized why. His lower mandible was broken off. One of the birders there speculated that perhaps he'd been skimming and struck a rock. It was a sad moment, as we suspected this bird is pretty much doomed to starve to death.
· Date: Thu December 7, 2017 · Views: 25 · Filesize: 776.4kb · Dimensions: 1024 x 680 ·
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Keywords: Black, Skimmer
Scientific Name: Rynchops niger
Equipment: D90, 100-400
Location: Forsythe, NJ
Habitat: wetland preserve
Date Taken: 09 Sept 2017
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KC Foggin

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Thu December 7, 2017 10:20pm

A lovely image of this fly away Skimmer Ann!

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Fri December 8, 2017 12:20am

Oh no!!! What a shame for the poor guy!!!

You've a great picture of him in flight Ann - very well done lass.

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Fri December 8, 2017 12:28am

Sad story. Tfs, Ann.

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Fri December 8, 2017 2:55am

Great picture, but sad story. A Skimmer that can't. Felt similarly with the Guillemot pic I posted recently - I shouldn't have been able to get that close, so thought it was injured, however I was clearly making the situation worse, so moved away. It was gone next time I checked, but not convinced it was by choice. Nature is wonderful, but not necessarily kind.
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Fri December 8, 2017 7:33am

Excellent flight shot , very beautiful flying bird and setting Ann , many tfs MF

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Fri December 8, 2017 8:54am

Great shot and congrats Ann, sorry to hear it was injured, Tfs mf

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Fri December 8, 2017 12:52pm

Brilliant Image Doc, Such Sad News Tfs!!!!!!!!
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Fri December 8, 2017 12:55pm

A great flight capture of this new bird, Ann. A sad story too.

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Fri December 8, 2017 3:36pm

Well done on your lifer though it comes with a sad story.

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Sat December 9, 2017 4:12pm

Super flight capture, Doc!

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