August 4, 2008
A Black Skimmer dips its bill into the Gulf of Mexico along the Mississippi coast.
Kathy Reeves of Denham Springs, Louisiana, said the water was unusually calm on the day in late June 2008 when she took this photo. The stillness allowed her to photograph not only the skimmer (Rynchops niger)
but also the dark shapes of the small fish that the skimmer was after. She used a Canon EOS 1D Mark III camera and a 100-400mm image-stabilized lens.
You can see the bird at these great birdwatching hotspots:Calvert Vaux Park, Brooklyn, New YorkSalton Sea, CaliforniaVillage Creek Drying Beds, Fort Worth, Texas
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