The last skimmer baby of the year.

I stopped by St. Pete beach in mid July thinking that all of the skimmer babies would be almost grown up and starting to fly but there was one little baby still remaining. They were outside the roped off area near the seaweed line. The baby stayed close to Mom.

There was one other baby that was bigger but still staying close to Mom. All of the rest of the older babies were down along the water line practicing their wing flapping.

One of the laughing gulls had gotten a hold of a snack from someone and all of the other gulls were chasing him trying to steal it. Not even a cheese cracker is safe on the beach.

I stopped at Sand Key park on the way home and there were several eastern kingbirds near the beach.

Fish for breakfast, lunch and dinner

All of the baby skimmers were screaming for fish.

Parents were flying in with breakfast.

All the babies were swallowing the fish whole.  Although, I don’t think that’s a fish in that last picture. I think he was trying to eat some random item on the beach.

It’s interesting how each parent can find their own babies among the many babies all huddled nearby. The adults were very aggressive, some trying to steal fish from other babies to feed to their own babies.

More shots from my morning with the baby skimmers on the beach in late July.

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Fish sticks for dinner – Skywatch Friday

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When I stopped at the black skimmer colony in early July, I was lucky enough to have come right at dinner time. The parents were busy flying in with tiny fish to feed the babies. For some of the babies, this was their first meal. You would think they could not swallow those little fish that looked bigger than their stomachs but they all eventually got them down. One little baby was so tired trying to swallow it, he had to lay down and rest for a minute. Even he got that fish down. It was constant chaos with parents flying in looking for their baby, babies screaming for mom or babies running to the wrong parent. Before sunset, things started to quiet down and the babies started to settle down under the parent. It was a beautiful night on the beach.

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