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May 18th, 2008

Skimmers at the water's edge

I seem to have become fascinated with skimmers. They move so fast, so precisely, darting among the waves as they break on the white soft sands of these Florida barrier islands.

We came back to Anna Maria tonight, for our last night on the coast. The skimmers came back too, much closer this time, skimming along the high-tide tideline, hunting for fry and small fish. Their black-and-white plumage contrasted with the green grey of the sunset waves.

Skimmers at the water's edge

Skimmers at the water's edge

Skimmers at the water's edge

Beautiful birds.

I wonder if it's the way they've become so specialised that interests me so much.

Or perhaps they just photograph well...