One of the thing that I love the most beside traveling is going to the beach. I have the privilege to live in Central Florida, where I have beach to the east and west of me. Normally we go to the beach on the east coast because is a little bit closer from us, than the west. But to be honest I like the beaches from the Gulf of Mexico better. This weekend we decided to have a beach weekend. Today (Sunday) is our third day in a row coming to St. Petersburg beach. We absolutely loved it. The water is clear and warm but still refreshing. Not that many waves like in the east coast.
If you know me at least a little bit, you will know that I love to take pictures, and lately I enjoy taking pictures of birds. What a great combination of a relaxing day at the beach and take pictures of sea birds!
All the pictures above were from Friday afternoon. That afternoon I noticed a bird that I haven’t seen before. It flew close to shore and to the water. I notice that it was flying so close to the water that the lower part of its beak was touching the water. I got curious and wanted to take a picture but it was impossible, it flew so fast.
Well, we decided to go back to the beach The next day and guessed what?
You see that bird ⬆️ flying there? It became my obsession for the afternoon on Saturday. You don’t have any idea how many photos I took or better said how many attempted pics I did trying to capture these birds. The flew in pairs. Two of them pass by us many times during the afternoon.
After so many tries, I got this two pictures ⬆️⬆️ that I absolutely loved. I love the pictures now, but at the beach with the sun glare it was difficult for me to see how good the pictures were on my camera. So I wanted more, I wanted to have a close up of the birds, I was certain that I have never seen these birds before.
After many attempts I start making a little prayer on my head “Please God order one of these beautiful creatures to stop by for a few minutes for me to be able to take a pic…” “Pretty please my dear Father” “Creator and owner of everything that breath.” And mentally I was doing a pretty please face to God. But nothing happened.
I was sitting on my beach chair on my own business when my husband said to me: “Hurry come here now!” And I looked at him with a puzzle face like what? He said: hurry, hurry, look! So I stand quickly, left everything on the chair, took my camera and there it was…
Just standing there, taking a break of the so many loops that it have been doing during the whole afternoon. I couldn’t believe my eyes.THE CHERRY ON TOP of my day! Thank you Father God! 😉
This cutie is a Black Skimmer, these birds have a unique way of feeding and are the only birds in America that feeds the way they do. They “skim” the water with their lower bill while flying closely to the water until they catch small fishes and/or crustaceans, when they feel something they snaps their bill to keep their prey. The Black Skimmers are the largest of the three skimmers families. There are also African Skimmers and Indian Skimmer.
Well that’s all my story!
Getting the Black Skimmer is always spectacular. You have great photos of the Willet too! Very nice! 🙂
Thank You! Trying to get a good picture of Black Skimmers is my obsession. I love the elegance while flying of those birds. 😍
We went to the beach a couple of weeks ago and while walking back towards the boardwalk, these 2 black skimmers were within a foot of me flying past because I was walking in the water at the shoreline. It was awesome! No photo because they flew up on me from behind. It was so cool! 🙂
Not just fantastic photos, an enjoyable and enlightening walk too, it was as if I was there with you. Thank you for sharing!!
Oh MickETalbot! Thank you so much! I am so glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
Looking forward to some more ☺
What a fabulous bird the Skimmer is! 🙂
What a gorgeous little creature. Your pictures are perfect, but the story makes it. He’s even red! 🙂 Good catch!
Thank you Marsha! They are really amazing and very graceful flyers too! 🙂
Amazing photographs. I have never seen a bird like that before. Wonderful photos!
Thank You! 🙂