Friday, 14 January 2011

Black Skimmers

I had a blast this morning when I saw a large flock of Black Skimmers (Rynchops niger) loafing and flying near my place. I quit windsurfing to shoot some photos. Last year there were on the island across the river. I wonder what made them choose the city side to be. When I was in Peru in Manu park area I saw several chicks on the river bank. They have elongated lower mandible and are the only bird that have vertical iris like cats do. They are amongst my favourite birds for their graceful flight when skimming. There were also many Yellow-billed terns as the picture shows.

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