Young Skimmers

Wednesday, September 30, 2020,

These are a pair of pics of juvenile Black Skimmers that I took on the south shore recently. The bird in the top photo is begging for food and actively harassing its parents. Both birds are nearly the size of the adults. Normally, at this point in the season, these youngsters would be much more self sufficient but Tropical Storm Isaias wiped out a bunch of the Skimmer nests and even chicks so many of the Skimmers were forced to re-nest. While this speaks volumes of the dedication of Skimmer parents and the persistence of Mother Nature, these newer chicks face a much tougher immediate future than their brethren who were hatched earlier in the season. I wish them all well.  JK.



5 thoughts on “Young Skimmers

  1. What cool patterns! Love the striping — and his intense pose. They are chunky cute birds. 🙂

  2. I think their wing patters are pretty cool as well. Next year, those wings will be all black. So will that dark cap on their heads. JK.

  3. I’m a fan of the first pic as well, most probably because of its antics. That particular bird was aggressively approaching the nearby adults in search of handouts. It was quite entertaining to watch. JK.

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