Late afternoon is the best time at the Black Skimmer colony. The setting sun bathes the chicks in beautiful golden light as they eat fish
Another Father’s Day at the Black Skimmer Colony, where the nesting is running early this year and the babies were already two weeks old
There were more than Black Skimmers to photograph at the Black Skimmer Colony. Cormorants and terns and a surprise oystercatcher…
This year’s first Black Skimmer colony visit yielded lots of skimming opportunities and plenty of piggy-back rides! Babies are on the way!!
On my last trip to the beach, a pair of ladies made friends with a flock of Laughing Gulls, who staged some great mid-air food fights!
The juvenile Black Skimmers grow up so quickly! Already they are flying and skimming like their parents.
I returned to Indian Rocks hoping to see the juvenile Black Skimmers head to the water and maybe fly. The surprise was the newborn chicks!
The week-old Black Skimmers are no longer wet from the egg, but they are still pretty cute! My favorite shot was a big baby yawn…
Tonight’s is going to be a short post, as I am putting the final details on my photography presentation that I will give this Friday as guest speaker at the Trout Lake Nature Center. I’m really looking forward to sharing some fun images with some great people. While I’ve been approached several times through my […]
I returned to the beach for a second evening with the cute baby Black Skimmers, tiny clowns who are such a joy to photograph!
A visit to the beach with Black Skimmer hatchlings always yields cute photographic moments! Adorable shots from my favorite summer location
Recently hatched Black Skimmer chicks are always fun to photograph, especially when they play tug-of-war over a needlefish!
A Double-crested Cormorant surprised me this weekend. Still in breeding plumage, his bright blue eye and mouth are awesome!
I found some images from last summer that I had never processed. In August I spent several mornings at Indian Rocks Beach photographing the nesting Black Skimmers, but the skimmers weren’t the only birds who posed for me. The juvenile shorebirds also put on a show for the camera. I especially liked the juvenile terns, […]
This weekend I returned to the Black Skimmer colony at Indian Rocks Beach. It’s been five weeks now since the babies hatched, and three weeks since I photographed them as adorable two-week-olds. I figured they were flying and learning to skim by now, so I headed over in the morning when the sun best illuminates […]
I hope you’re not tired of reading about the Black Skimmers yet, because today’s post brings you more from Indian Rocks Beach! One of my goals for this summer was to capture the interaction between skimmers in mid-air during the nesting season. I like to call these interactions “skimmer skirmishes,” when two adults take to […]
Several weeks ago, I returned to the Black Skimmer colony at Indian Rocks Beach to photograph the two-week old Black Skimmers. The little guys had grown up quite a bit since I photographed them as newborns. Some would say that the two-week old Black Skimmers are less cute than when they were tiny babies, but […]
I returned to the Black Skimmer colony two weeks ago to check on the babies. It had been two weeks since I was there to photograph the day-old chicks, and I knew the babies had grown a lot. I was hoping to catch them in that big-kid-but-not-yet-teenager stage, and I succeeded! I’ll have more pictures […]
The weekend after I returned from Maine, my dad and I drove to Indian Rocks Beach to check on the Black Skimmer colony. We found that most of the eggs laid after Tropical Storm Andrea had hatched, and the colony was full of tiny newborn Black Skimmer chicks. They are so cute!! My friend Debbie […]
Cuteness alert! The Black Skimmer colony at Indian Rocks Beach was doing very well in the week before I left for Maine. The birds were again on eggs after Tropical Storm Andrea wiped out most of their colony. These birds are more stubborn than bad weather. A few surviving chicks from the first batch stumbled […]