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Airshow - Three Black Skimmers: Photo by Photographer David Orias  spectacular photo!!!  highly accomplished aerial acrobats!!!

Airshow - Three Black Skimmers: Photo by Photographer David Orias spectacular photo!

Black Skimmers. Pantanal, Brazil   Saw these on the sand flats in Trinidad.

Pantanal, Brazil Saw these on the sand flats in Trinidad.

Black Skimmer    Photograph by Mario Goren, My Shot    Like cutting silk, this black skimmer looks for something for lunch.

Black Skimmer Photograph by Mario Goren, My Shot Like cutting silk, this black skimmer looks for something for lunch.

The black skimmer has a truly unique bill among shorebirds, and really, among all North American birds. The bill is large yet very thin, and the lower mandible extends out father than the upper mandible. These features make it ideal for how this bird catches food. As it flies, it dips the lower mandible into the water, skimming for fish. The razor-thin bill can slice through the water and, when it senses a fish, snaps the upper mandible down onto it. The skimmer is the only bird species in…

15 birds with unbelievable beaks

List of top birds with amazing beaks. See the showy beaks of hornbills to toucans to flamingos. Depending on the species, the shape and color of the beaks

Rynchops niger; Black Skimmer.  A favorite!  Synchronized, stealth and most beautiful flocks skimming over these Gulf waters!

Synchronized, stealth and most beautiful flocks skimming over these Gulf waters!

Black skimmers in Florida - photo from floridiannature;  "Black skimmers 'skim' the surface of the water with black-tipped bright red bills. The lower half of the bill is longer than the upper, allowing it to cut through the water and dip down to grab small fish encountered near the surface. Adult plumage is black above, white below."

Shorebirds are a common sight in Floridian nature . Black skimmers “skim” the surface of the water with black-tipped bright red bills.

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