Skimmers gotta skim

A few days ago I arrived very early at the Celery Fields and was walking out to the observation deck on Raymond Ave just as the sunlight started to strike the leaves on the other side of the pool that is next to the deck.  A beautiful time of day.  I saw a Black Skimmer in the distance and barely had time to take out the camera before it started down a narrow channel of water leading toward me,  and in a couple of seconds it was in front of me.  I didn’t have time to change camera settings so this is what I was able to get with the settings that were there when I turned the camera on.

It is rare for me to see one of these this far from the beach.  Last summer there was also a  Skimmer that came through the same place every morning,  about the same time.  Maybe it is the same bird.  The site “allaboutbirds.org” from Cornell says:    “Feeds on small fish up to about 5 inches in length, including herring, killifish, mullet, and pipefish. Also may consume small crustaceans. Black Skimmers may travel 5 miles from their breeding colony in search of food.”   Since the Celery Fields area is 9 miles from Lido Key, which is where they seem to be breeding,  this guy appears to be something of an explorer.

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