This baby was begging Mom to go get a fish. He was hungry, biting the parent’s beak and legs.
So many mouths to feed.
This one above appeared hungry but realized he would not be able to get that big fish down. After a few minutes he just sat down and wouldn’t take the fish from the parent. Maybe the parent had already fed them. The fish ended up in the sand.
It took this one a while but he eventually got it down.
After a while all of the babies were napping.
Another bumper crop of black skimmer babies this summer on the beaches in the Tampa bay area. So many babies and the parents were flying back and forth with tiny bait fish to feed them. I always wonder how the parents can find their own babies in a sea of little birds.
“Don’t come close” says mom skimmer.
“I’ll just lean on this big stick.”
“You’re squishing me mom!”
“When is my brother going to hatch?”
Mom, she’s taking my picture.”
“This fish won’t fit down my throat.”
“I know this isn’t a baby bird, but this ball is so soft to cuddle with.”
“Don’t eat me.” says the fish.
A people eye view of the skimmers nesting on the sand.
The birds are surrounded by ropes and there are signs all over the area to keep people from trampling through the nesting area.
More shots from my visit with the black skimmer colony on the beach back in late June.
A parent still waiting for the eggs to hatch.
Parents were staying close to the babies. Most were only a day or two old.
“What are you looking at lady?”
Sibling sticking together. The one on the left looks a few hours to a day older than the other.
Two parents, two tiny babies.
The older sibling is on alert.
“Mom, this doesn’t taste like fish.”
“There’s no room under there for me.”
“One day I’ll be flying.”
“I’m the loudest.”
Another summer, another trip to see the baby black skimmers. Black skimmers nest right on the beach. There are several areas near me that have skimmers nesting but one area has a big flock of them that is very visible. The nesting area is roped off so people on the beach don’t walk through the area and step on the babies or eggs. It would be easy to do if you weren’t paying attention since they blend right in to the sand. The parents raise their babies right on the beach for all to watch. This was my 6th year to visit them and every time I feel like I could watch them for hours. This trip I went after work and was only there about an hour and a half. It went by so quick. I took a ton of pictures. There were so many babies this year all born around the same time. I was there for dinner time and took pictures of the parents feeding the babies fish. I’ll post those later.
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