Birds - Gary Cook

Black Skimmer

Black Skimmer. This extraordinary bird is named from the way it feeds, literally skimming the ocean surface to scoop up small fish, invertebrates and crustaceans from just below the surface of the sea. Evolution has equipped this creature with the perfect tools for its trade; the lower beak is much larger and longer than the upper beak. This allows the Black Skimmer to reach into the waves without its wings hitting the ocean surface. They are found throughout the tropical and sub tropical oceans of North and South America. The bird in this image was captured at Siesta Key in Florida, flying just inches from shoreline.