I visited the Texas Gulf Coast in February this year, finally have 5 mins to share a few pictures of the most interesting bird I saw. The Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) has a beak so thin that you can hardly see it when looking at the bird head-on. Once he turns his head, you can see the unique, bicolor bill. The upper bill is markedly shorter than the lower bill, and they don’t seem to fit togehter. No matter – their bills are perfectly suited for their intended purpose – to drag though the water while in flight, snatching up fish on the go. Super cool. ;-)

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) head-on view

From the side…

Until next sporadically-timed post, please enjoy.

3 Responses to “Black Skimmers on the Texas Coast”

  • These are fantastic shots, Amber! I love these birds with their unusual beaks and their black caps and their fun personalities.

    I’m glad you had a chance to get away and to share these with us. I can relate to having so much going on that it becomes impossible to keep up with things.

    I hope life calms down for you so you can get back to enjoying nature more often.

    • Jason, it is so nice to hear from you. I have dearly missed blogging and communicating with my blogger friends. I did get away in Feb and in Mar (Meridian State Park, TX), but have been behind my desk ever since. Still, I’m working hard to rebalance my work/life dynamic. I have seen your posts come across my poor, neglected personal email account, and it sounds like you’ve moved back to East TX. Hope all is going well for you there. Take care of yourself, my friend.

      …Oh yeah, the Skimmers were a real treat! Too bad I didn’t get pics of them flying/skimming – but that will give me something to try for next time. ;-)

  • Lovely photos of these Black Skimmers! Thanks for sharing them! I wonder if we will ever see one of these on this side (West) of the North Atlantic…

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