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I was at Nickerson Beach, Long Island, NY shooting in hot fog. At the end of my shoot I was walking out when I reached a tidal pool with a lot of birds enjoying the calm water. There were many black skimmers there with the young ones and some adults practicing skimming. I set up my tripod kneeling behind it allowing me enough elevation to clear the birds in front of me yet get nice eye level views. The heat and humidity had tired me yet I welcomed the opportunity to take these photos and shot till I was confident that I had some good images. For those of you that don't know, the younger ones are gray and the adults have black wings.

Comments and suggestions welcome,

Morris





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  X-H2S    NIKON AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/2900s    400 ISO    +0.7 EV  







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  X-H2S    NIKON AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/3000s    400 ISO    +0.3 EV  







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  X-H2S    NIKON AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/3000s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







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  X-H2S    NIKON AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/3000s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







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  X-H2S    NIKON AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/2700s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







6) Pulling up after a skim

  X-H2S    NIKON AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/2500s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  




Sep 11, 2023 at 10:55 AM
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Killing it Morris! Every set gets more unique. Way to dial in your technique.

Wish I could find more shore birds in my area. Even when I head over to Lake Saint Clair with
all that shore real-estate I'm hard pressed to find them.

Thank you for sharing!]

Justin



Sep 11, 2023 at 11:07 AM
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Morris,

Excellent set, very nice

Chris S.



Sep 11, 2023 at 11:51 AM
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Excellent series Morris! #2 for me.


Sep 11, 2023 at 12:10 PM
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Wow, Morris! You're the 'Skimmermeister'! These are all excellent -- I like the close up (#2) a lot. I assume you shot these in Aperture Priority? Whatever mode, the shutter speeds were just right for freezing the action, and the lighting and exposures are perfect.

Greg



Sep 11, 2023 at 12:39 PM
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Wow again Morris, outstanding images of a difficult subject. Well done. Bruce


Sep 11, 2023 at 05:35 PM
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Nice set, Morris. Shooting them skimming is a bucket list item for me.


Sep 11, 2023 at 06:06 PM
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Really well done Morris! I remember that tidal pool from last week and was hoping the skimmers would do what you saw but it only had gulls in it!

Anyway really well done!



Sep 11, 2023 at 06:07 PM
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Tyr-Sog wrote:
Killing it Morris! Every set gets more unique. Way to dial in your technique.

Wish I could find more shore birds in my area. Even when I head over to Lake Saint Clair with
all that shore real-estate I'm hard pressed to find them.

Thank you for sharing!]

Justin


Thank you Justin,
I'm lucky to live near this amazing place.

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csinseattle wrote:
Morris,

Excellent set, very nice

Chris S.


Thank you Chris

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JAM11 wrote:
Excellent series Morris! #2 for me.


Thank you,
It's festinating to see what is happening that close

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gmccroskery wrote:
Wow, Morris! You're the 'Skimmermeister'! These are all excellent -- I like the close up (#2) a lot. I assume you shot these in Aperture Priority? Whatever mode, the shutter speeds were just right for freezing the action, and the lighting and exposures are perfect.

Greg


Thank you Greg,

Yes I used aperture priority. I like a fast shutter speed when they are skimming yet in the air I like to blur the wings some.

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B Benson wrote:
Wow again Morris, outstanding images of a difficult subject. Well done. Bruce


Thank you Bruce,

It's taken me years to learn how to photograph the skimmers.

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DivineFocus wrote:
Nice set, Morris. Shooting them skimming is a bucket list item for me.


Thank you Dan,
They are hear from June through September. If you do make the trip plan to be on the beach for a week as conditions vary so some days are much better than others. If there is heavy rain or unusually high tides, that's when you can photograph them in a tidal pool. The set I put up in the very nice light was shot at the ocean's edge and then you need a day with smaller waves.

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George DeCamp wrote:
Really well done Morris! I remember that tidal pool from last week and was hoping the skimmers would do what you saw but it only had gulls in it!

Anyway really well done!


Thank you George,

It was only gulls when I arrived.

Morris



Sep 13, 2023 at 05:19 PM
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Excellent shots!!


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Great action series


Sep 17, 2023 at 09:29 AM
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Another great set, Morris. You are really good at capturing these skimmers in action.

Gord



Sep 17, 2023 at 03:23 PM
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Excellent set of images!



Sep 17, 2023 at 07:44 PM
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Excellent shots Morris.


Sep 18, 2023 at 03:13 PM
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cnskusa wrote:
Excellent shots!!


Thank you
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IndyFab wrote:
Great action series


Thank you Sett

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gcooke0522 wrote:
Another great set, Morris. You are really good at capturing these skimmers in action.

Gord


Thank you Gord,

They are so much fun to watch and photograph

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dclark wrote:
Excellent set of images!


Thank you Dave

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Ted ellis wrote:
Excellent shots Morris.


Thank you Ted

Morris



Sep 18, 2023 at 08:29 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Black Skimmers Skimming


Really cool set, Morris!

I've seen birds' "flight school" exercises but these may be the first I've seen of "skim school".

I think your strategy for position worked well and you got some neat shots in spite of the heat and humidity.

Well done!

TFS

Kim



Sep 23, 2023 at 09:02 AM
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Sep 23, 2023 at 09:07 AM
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Just another fantastic set of skimmers Morris. You have some of the best skimmer images I have seen and I always enjoy seeing what you do differently.
cheers,
bruce



Sep 23, 2023 at 10:07 AM
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Your Skimmer photos are always impressive. Here #2 and #5 are my preferred shots. Unfortunately they do not venture to the Great Lakes.


Sep 23, 2023 at 02:04 PM







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