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PIC OF THE WEEK: 10/10/16 • PREVIOUS WEEKALL 2016 PICSNEXT WEEK

Where: Cape Charles, VA • Kiptopeke State Park
Notes: Having survived the heavy rains and gale force winds of Hurricane Mathew out on the Delmarva Peninsula this past weekend, I was graced with some extra time off just to enjoy the people, seafood and splendor of the area. The Eastern Shore Birding Festival vendor tent was safely shutdown before the storm arrived late Saturday. Apparently Mathew did not watch the Weather Channel Wednesday, Thursday or Friday morning! That also caused the Chesapeak Bay Bridge Tunnel to either shutdown, or to have wind sheer restrictions, than denied my truck passage back home. What a great place to be stuck! So after the storm passed, we visited the hawk watch at the state park, caught up with old friends, enjoyed some chowder, and took a few photos. This Black Skimmer was found sheltering from the wind on the leeward side beach of Kiptopeke Bay. The light colored trimming on its back, wing and head feathers, indicate this is a hatch year bird. The adults become jet black in those same areas. Certainly Skimmers are one of our most amazing birds. They maneuver just over the water’s surface, snapping up small fish with their lower bill submerged. They have even perfected a unique flight with such a shallow wingbeat, that they can maneuver for long distances, only inches over the water as they search for food. A beautiful bird, both in form and in function.

Bird Photo 1

Small Bird Photo 2
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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Hand Held
Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/3200 second • Aperture = f-5.6 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 400 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~25 Feet • Date Shot: 10-09-16

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