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PIC OF THE WEEK: 11/10/08 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2008 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Black Skimmer (Immature)

(Rynchops niger)

Where: Chincoteague, VA • Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Notes: The Black Skimmer is still high amongst my favorite birds. Adapted for scooping small fish off the water's surface, its unusual beak is a major part of its attraction to me. Beauty and function. That and its unique shallow wing beat that keeps its wings from dipping into the water as it flies inches over the surface. Skimmers are often active throughout the day, but it is largely crepuscular (active in the dawn and dusk) and even nocturnal. This image was captured in the late afternoon as several young birds like this one circled and swooped over the lagoon. I turned up the ISO setting on my camera to increase the capture speed and used a higher f-stop to increase the focal length. Then I panned along with the birds as they flew past.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 40D • Canon 100-400mm Zoom L Series Lens • Hand Held

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/1250 second • Aperture = f 8.0 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: AI Servo • Lens (Focal) Length = 360 mm • ISO = 400 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~35 Feet • Date Shot: 09-21-08

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