Birds flying high – Skywatch Friday

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The adult skimmers usually don’t get much attention since their little babies are so cute. Everyone is taking pictures of the babies running around. I think that feather he has in his beak is a laughing gull feather.

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Skimmers high up in the sky. They are constantly chasing after each other. I’m not sure if they are fighting over something, territory or a mate? Or are they are flirting?

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They fly really fast in circles.

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I love the way their tail feathers fan out. Perfect form.

DSC_3439Skimming for fish right before sunset.

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Ibis were also looking for food right before the sun went down.

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It’s amazing how much the sky changes in the hour I’m out on the beach before sunset. You could see the rain out in the gulf but it never made it on shore. I think the risk of rain had sent most people home for the night. It really cooled down when those big rain clouds came close. Luckily, there was no lightning or thunder. Otherwise, I’d be home as well.

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Skimmers on the beach – Skywatch Friday

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Landing in the water right in front of me.

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Then he took off right in front of me.

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Another fly-by.

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Coming in for a landing.

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Going down.

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Too close.

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Joining the crowd.

Yes, more skimmer pictures. One last look at this past spring’s visit to the skimmer colony. This was my last trip in August. Until next spring!

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