Black Skimmer

Rynchops niger

ML178566171


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Ian Pepper
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eBird Checklist S60061366
Crane Beach
Essex, Massachusetts, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 42.684, -70.7668 Map

Age
Not specified
Sex
Not specified
Behaviors
Breeding
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Observation details

flock of 64 + 1 juv: I was photographing a juvenile Black skimmer on the beach when an enormous, silent black cloud swept in from the ocean, made a large arc, passed directly overhead, and rushed back over the ocean again: a flock of c 60 Black skimmers, which very nearly landed directly in front of me (a few wings almost brushed the sand), but presumably disturbed by my presence, made a collective decision to leave as soon as they had arrived. The juvenile seen in the first photo showed no inclination to join the flock. I wonder if anyone else saw this flock today (at Sandy Point)? Appears to be the largest flock of Skimmers recorded in the area (by a factor of 2+). Based on 3 different photos, I arrived at a figure of 64.

Technical Information

Model
Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
f-stop
f/6.5
Focal length
247 mm
Shutter speed
1/800 sec
ISO
100
Flash
Flash did not fire
Original file size
5,090KB
Dimensions
5184 x 3888

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