Black Skimmer Bark

Checking out another Black Skimmer Colony

June 18, 2019 - As my dad and I left Fort De Soto on his birthday outing, we stopped at a nearby Black Skimmer colony to check on the progress of the colony. The birds had staked their claim to a part of the beach, in the middle of a fairly busy section. The area was roped off, meaning […]

What a Mouthful for a Juvenile Brown Pelican

What a Mouthful!

July 14, 2014 - 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 […]

Mommy! Make me a Sandwich!

Juvenile Shorebirds from Last Summer

February 13, 2014 - 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, […]

Juvenile Skimmer in Action!

Teenage Skimmers Learning to Skim!

August 19, 2013 - 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 […]

Skimmer Skirmish

More From Indian Rocks Beach

August 15, 2013 - 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 […]

Cute Black Skimmer Chick

Two-Week Old Black Skimmers

August 13, 2013 - 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 […]

Learning to Fly

August 11, 2013 - 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 […]

Brotherly Love

Black Skimmer Chick Fillets!

August 4, 2013 - 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 […]

Black Skimmer Chick

Skimming, Scratching, and Shadows at the Black Skimmer Colony

July 31, 2013 - 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 […]

Black Skimmers with Baby

Victorious Babies at the Black Skimmer Colony

June 22, 2013 - One of my favorite summertime photo opportunities is at a Black Skimmer colony in Indian Rocks Beach.  The skimmers come to nest on the beach in front of some condos, and it’s very easy to photograph them with their babies. This year I went over to the colony with my dad for Father’s Day.  He […]

Bittersweet Skimmer Colony Memories

July 2, 2012 - For a year I've been looking forward to the hatching of a new crop of Black Skimmers at a colony located on the West Coast of Florida.  Approximately 500 adults return to the same patch of beach to make their nests and raise their chicks.  Closely supervised by the Audubon bird stewards, these birds co-exist […]

“Mobile Home” Gets Recognition

August 3, 2011 - My image “Mobile Home” was honored on Flickr in the Florida Outdoors July photo contest for “Cutest Baby Bird.” Thanks to Jamie for judging (and for selecting my shot!) Now I get to choose the topic and judge the August contest. The Internet certainly is cool for connecting with people and sharing photography.

Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary

July 26, 2011 - The Black Skimmer colony that I posted about yesterday is at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, a non-profit bird hospital. I enjoyed walking around and seeing the birds that are under treatment there. They have so many pelicans! Black-Crowned Night Herons hung around all over, offering nice photo ops. When you walk out to the beach, […]

You’ve Come a Long Way, Babies!

July 25, 2011 - I stopped at Indian Rocks Beach to visit the Black Skimmer colony yesterday after my morning at Fort De Soto.  It was 10:15 by the time I got there, so the light was already pretty harsh, but I couldn’t resist the temptation to see the little chicks all grown up.  As a reminder, here’s what […]

A Fish Tale: Day 2 at the Black Skimmer Colony

June 24, 2011 - Seeing is believing…and yet who can believe that such tiny Black Skimmer chicks can swallow fish almost as big as they are? :) I went back to the Black Skimmer colony this morning.  After the incredible sunset last night, I knew not to expect great light angles on the colony this morning.  So I was […]

Black Skimmer Colony: Day 1

June 23, 2011 - I love my off-Fridays!  Rich and I took advantage of our three-day weekend to drive out to Indian Shores, where there is a nesting colony of Black Skimmers.  The colony is located near the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, a really neat non-profit bird hospital.  The sanctuary rehabilitates birds and releases them back into the wild.  We […]