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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. 😉
From the side…
Until next sporadically-timed post, please enjoy.