Category Archives: Water Birds

Ring-billed Gull At The Beach

There was a drop-off in the sand from where this Ring-billed Gull was perched to the ocean.

Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull

He and a few pals were getting some end of day sun.

Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull

Typical of gulls, they were flapping around a bit while the waves were roiling around behind them.

Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull

I don’t remember if this is the same bird as the first picture, but it was nice he supplied me with another head profile shot.

Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull

St. Augustine Beach, FL
January 20, 2023

Skimmer Among Gulls

After sunrise didn’t make much of a show  I walked the beach and this group of gulls was gathered at the tide line ahead of me.

Gulls At the Beach Gulls At the Beach

I suspected they would all fly as I wasn’t the only person on the beach, and some were jogging and others had dogs.

Skimmer With Gulls At the Beach Skimmer With Gulls At the Beach

The gulls actually didn’t fly and the Black Skimmer made him self comfy in the crowd.

Skimmer With Gulls At the Beach Skimmer With Gulls At the Beach

I got one pretty good look at the Skimmer as he stepped away from the group working on their morning grooming. I glanced away for a second and when I turned back he was gone.

Skimmer At the Beach Skimmer At the Beach

St. Augustine Beach, FL
January 21, 2023

Black Skimmer, Late Afternoon Feeding

A lone Black Skimmer was fishing for his dinner at the end of the day.

Black Skimmer In Flight
Black Skimmer In Flight

Here you can clearly see the lower jaw extends much further than the upper…

Black Skimmer In Flight
Black Skimmer In Flight

…making it easier to snag prey from the water.

Black Skimmer In Flight
Black Skimmer In Flight

This is my favorite from this set, even though he got so close I cut his wings off.

Black Skimmer In Flight
Black Skimmer In Flight

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
January 18, 2023

Purple Gallinule Runway

I thought I would be leaving Orlando Wetlands without seeing a Purple Gallinule, but finally spotted one out in the open, poking through the floating vegetation.

Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule Walking On Pond Vegetation

A half hour later another one, a bit closer, presented me with a reflection opportunity.

Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule

And then, wow–he was on the run showing off those massive feet and toes…

Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule

…and their ability to spring into the air.

Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule

Orlando Wetlands, Christmas, FL
January 18, 2023