Black Skimmer, Newport Beach, California, June 2007
Photo by Greg Clark, June 17, 2007
Here a Black Skimmer shows how to knife through the water to catch fish. Note the continuous black breeding plummage on the neck. Normally feeding at night, this skimmer could be getting food for the nest in the middle of the afternoon on a warm day in the Back Bay.
For more information about when Black Skimmers started showing up in this location in Southern California see the very useful link:
Another view of this marvelous bird
Copyright Greg Clark, 2007