Finding these birds one day while walking the beach down in Florida last month was certainly a sweet surprise for me, as I had never seen them before. On my second day there, I came upon a small group of what I would learn are called Black Skimmers. "Google" described them also as "Mystery Birds" They are unique because their eye pupils are like cat eyes with vertical slits. They also have amazing bills that are very thin and the lower part of the mandible is quite a bit longer than the upper part. These birds fly quickly over the water and stay low to the surface and as the bird's lower mandible glides over the water, when it touches something it will close it's bill and hopefully will have caught a fish for supper ;)
I did a whole lot of photography while visiting our youngest daughter and her husband. I have three more shares from my journey following this one.
Here is to hoping that you all are enjoying the last leg of Winter where you are. We have had a very mild season, maybe 2 to 3" of snow total. Today it is going to reach 70, and then the temperatures will drop once again and we could get some snow over the weekend, but I am not holding my breath. There is just something so pristine and lovely with a nice snowfall, and of course the taking of the photos.
Be blessed, stay safe and enjoy your week~
Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slideshow presentation after you have read the narratives~
I am joining in the fun with Eileen at:
I'd Rather Be Birdin'Linking to I'd Rather B Birdin'
Maggie's MOSAIC MONDAY
Among the Black Skimmers were a few Royal Terns, another new bird for me. I will share more about them in a future post~