Bath Time


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I spent an hour at Rockport Beach mesmerized by Black Skimmers bathing. Their name derives from their unique feeding method. They hunt by feel; flying low, skimming their mandibles in the water. When they touch a fish their bills snap closed. As a strategy, the percentage of success is low but hunting by feel means they can hunt at night while most other birds can’t. Read more about their distinctive qualities in this lighthearted article by Nicholas Lund.

Categories: Nature Notes, Observations

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