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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Black Skimmer

Black Skimmers are tern like birds which are known for their light and graceful flight. They usually feed in large flocks by flying low over the water while skimming the surface for small fish and insects. As a rule, they prefer to nest on sandy or gravely bars and beaches along the Atlantic ocean as far north as Massachusetts and Long Island and as far south as Texas and Florida.

Groups of these birds are not called flocks. Interestingly, they are referred to as a "conspiracy", "embezzlement" or "scoop" of skimmers.

This image of a Black Skimmer was photographed by Mario Goren.

http://images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/media-live/photos/000/129/cache/black-skimmer_12923_990x742.jpg


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