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The latest on the rescued skimmer chick from several weeks ago:

Hi Herb,
Got your voicemail and wanted to let you know that I spoke to the rehabber and he was surprised (bc the bird was in pretty bad shape) and pleased to let me know that the chick made it and was released in the Barnegat Bay area. Great news!

Christina Davis
Endangered and Nongame Species Program
NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife


I encountered an unfortunate juvenile skimmer chick on Tuesday which had a bad limp, but it was healthy looking otherwise. It was being harassed and beaten up by several adult skimmers which chased it out of the nesting colony and they were planning to finish him off imo. I called the NJFWS which came to take it away to a rehabilitator. Hopefully it's leg heals and it's able to regroup with another skimmer flock before too long. No word yet from the FWS about it's present condition. There wasn't much skimmer predation by gulls/falcons this year either, just laughing gulls stealing the larger sized baitfish which are being flown in for the chicks. The fishing parties are coming and going with escorts nowadays and the flock never empties the beach completely as it has in the past seasons, leaving unfledged chicks vulnerable. Several adults are staying grounded with the chicks for added protection this season. Definitely, a new behavior for me to observe.
The first two shots show the last adult inflicted abuse on the chick. I stepped in at this point as the chick looked dehydrated and weak. It certainly wasn't being fed anymore. It actually limped to where I was kneeling and it lay next to my leg in the shade. I stayed with it like this until my wife brought a box to transport it to a rehabilitator.

Herb

#1-5 It was almost high noon with major heat waves, so I got way better shots with the iPhone than shooting across the hot sand with a long lens.





#1

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x lens    700mm    f/6.3    1/3200s    640 ISO    0.0 EV  







#2

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x lens    700mm    f/6.3    1/3200s    640 ISO    0.0 EV  







#3

  iPhone 5    iPhone 5 back camera 4.12mm f/2.4 lens    4mm    f/2.4    1/3195s    50 ISO  







#4

  iPhone 5    iPhone 5 back camera 4.12mm f/2.4 lens    4mm    f/2.4    1/2358s    50 ISO  







#5 my wife Susan took this shot of me and the chick

  iPhone 5    iPhone 5 back camera 4.12mm f/2.4 lens    4mm    f/2.4    1/3012s    50 ISO  



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#6-10 in the transport box and flying fish shots.....





#6 Chillin' in the shade , waiting on the rehabilitator

  iPhone 5    iPhone 5 back camera 4.12mm f/2.4 lens    4mm    f/2.4    1/60s    64 ISO  







#7 from a few years ago

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens    800mm    f/6.3    1/2000s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  







#8 another oldie from a few years ago

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens    800mm    f/6.3    1/2000s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  







#9

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS USM lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/3200s    500 ISO    0.0 EV  







#10

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS USM lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/3200s    500 ISO    0.0 EV  



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Aug 22, 2014 at 06:12 PM
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#11-12 last two flying fish





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  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS USM lens    500mm    f/5.0    1/3200s    640 ISO    0.0 EV  







#12

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS USM lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/2500s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  




Aug 22, 2014 at 06:13 PM
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Great series and well done with the rescue...although the small fish fry union is up in arms Herb
Eric



Aug 22, 2014 at 06:17 PM
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I just love photo three of the little baby he is so adorable such a little darling. So glad he is being taken care of Herb Pix three has such a pretty background and it came out great on the iPhone 5!

Nice series but that baby awe...... awe..... and more awes

Your pix brought me huge smiles of sweetness. Thank you!
BeeBalm



Aug 22, 2014 at 06:23 PM
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Beautiful shots, beautiful story, Herb. Hope the chick makes it and join the group. You got so many great shots of Skimmers with fish.

- Tam



Aug 22, 2014 at 06:28 PM
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Well done Herb. I hope he is back with some new pals soon
David



Aug 22, 2014 at 06:48 PM
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Great work Herb not only with the photos , but with the rescue.

Birdie



Aug 22, 2014 at 07:15 PM
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Herb, very nice set and nice closeups with the iPhone.
I'm wondering if the adults sense there is something wrong with the
juvenile and are naturally culling it from the group. Either way glad
you were able to lend a helping hand.

-Tim



Aug 22, 2014 at 07:23 PM
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Great story, and pics, Herb. You are the super hero.

Ed



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Really appreciate the rescue Herb and enjoyed your narrative.
The iPhone pics offer a great perspective, #3 is really, really cool with the flying birds in the BG.
7 - 12 are very nice IF's... well done on the whole set... really enjoyed it.

Kirk



Aug 22, 2014 at 08:56 PM
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#3 is amazing Herb. It was good of you to call for help

Morris



Aug 22, 2014 at 09:25 PM
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Nice work buddy so glad you stepped in and did this .Man that iphone 5 can take a pretty nice photo . That little guy looks a couple of days to a week from flying.Can you tell me while you were doing this were you getting buzzed by some of the other birds or did they just ignore you?Your in flights are awesome as usual you got my vote


Aug 22, 2014 at 09:57 PM
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These look great Herb. I especially like the first iPhone shot. That's a winner! Really enjoyable set and story (except the picking on baby part). Thanks!


Aug 22, 2014 at 10:22 PM
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A great story Herb, and well documented too. I sure hope it makes it ~ Ron


Aug 22, 2014 at 10:53 PM
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Lovely work Herb!


Aug 22, 2014 at 11:30 PM
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eyelaser wrote:
Great series and well done with the rescue...although the small fish fry union is up in arms Herb
Eric


Thanks for stopping by Eric



Aug 23, 2014 at 10:54 AM
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Thank you for taking action on this

Robert



Aug 23, 2014 at 12:27 PM
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Terrific set Herb, wonderful in-flight shots and a nice record of your help for the chick.

Paul.



Aug 23, 2014 at 03:15 PM
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BeeBalm wrote:
I just love photo three of the little baby he is so adorable such a little darling. So glad he is being taken care of Herb Pix three has such a pretty background and it came out great on the iPhone 5!

Nice series but that baby awe...... awe..... and more awes

Your pix brought me huge smiles of sweetness. Thank you!
BeeBalm


BB, I'm so glad my pix made you smile big .



Aug 23, 2014 at 09:38 PM
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