Monday, August 1, 2011

Squawking delight

Since I have abandoned my backyard critters for beach delights, I needed a bird fix.

And I didn't have to go far.  Black Skimmers have nested by the hundreds and hundreds on the north end of Anna Maria.

This juvenile was quite engaging.

And a bit of a showoff!

 Well, hello there camera lady!



How do you like this pose?  I think it makes me look quite slim!


 Here's my other side  ...  but really, now it isn't my best.



Front view?  Oh PLEASE , don't use that view.  I look so chubby! 
Besides, that feather is stuck on my beak.  I was in the middle of some preening.



Ok now, that's enough.  I've got to get down to business here.



I haven't eaten all morning and I need to do some serious squawking.



That did the trick.   Parental units on their way with food!



 Excuse me while I do some genuflecting.
Parents always like a sign of appreciation.



Okay, now, get lost so I can eat in peace.

Come back tomorrow and maybe I'll
introduce you to the rest of the family.


Out of courtesy,
I aimed my lens away.

I really don't like to be photographed while I'm eating either!

~ sharing with ~
World Bird Wednesday

71 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a fun post and really cute feathered friend! Love your photos and your captions! Hope you're enjoying your vacation, Reena! It does look as though you are!

Sylvia

Country Girl said...

Now there's a bird I don't get to see too often. Nice!

Barbara said...

Very cute - love the expression on his face!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Look at the beak on that bird! I have never seen anything like this. Great captures!!

Florida Farm Girl said...

Lucky you. I've never seen a skimmer juvenile before.

TexWisGirl said...

LOL! he's a cute little guy, but what a beak! such a pretty family!

Mental P Mama said...

Anna Maria Island in Florida??? I know it well! What a small world...

Ashley Sisk said...

That little guy is way too funny!

Jane said...

Great captures - love that very first shot.

Mark said...

That's amazing. And funny too.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I love these sea bird shots! They are hard to capture. They move so quickly. You got some great shots.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That is a big difference between the juvenile and adult. Looking forward to see more if the opportunity is there.

Michael Offutt said...

Dayummm...your blog got a facelift. It looks gorgeous now. Great pics as always. You are a pro but probably already knew that. I'm glad they're only pictures. Real birds shit all over the place. I know because I had baby pigeons living outside my window and the white stuff is everywhere.

Evelyn said...

Wonderful photos!

Jazzi said...

Aww...theres a showoff in every group!! BOL

wags
Jazzi and Addy

A Rosy Note said...

What great shots. I love the one about genuflecting :)

Kjell T. Evensen said...

This is to funny. I enjoyed both the story and the images this early morning.

Catherine said...

I've never seen this kind of bird before. They look like they would be very entertaining to watch!
xo Catherine

Roan said...

Carolyn, my good friend since we were 5 years old, manages Anna Maria Island Dream Inn. She's always trying to get me to come for a visit. One of these days I will. The birds shots are wonderful. Enjoy!

Dyche Designs said...

Fun captures, hope you're having an amazing time.

Daryl said...

I'd never seen Black Skimmers before .. their kids are cute little bug eyed critters ...

Kerri said...

Oh, I LOVE this post!! You got some awesome captures!!

Hope said...

laughing.. this is pure delightful.. soft hugs

Tara said...

This is so fun and I love the first capture!! LOVE this.

justine said...

I'm envious of that beautiful light and sand! these are wonderful shots.

Hilary said...

What a fun post. I've never seen these birds before so it was a double pleasure getting to know them through your eyes.

Louise said...

That's a real cutie pie! You have picked a lovely and interesting place for your vacation. I've never been anyplace like it so I'm really enjoying seeing it.

Oliag said...

My what a great big beak you have my dear!!

Fantastic photos! What lens are you using?

Birdman said...

Grin!

deb duty said...

Great pictures and such cute birds!

Brian said...

Those are incredible looking birds, I've never seen those before. Of course I don't get out much!

Stephani said...

Great captures, and fun post!

Hilke Breder said...

Fantastic post, Reena! Love the pix!!

lisleman said...

nice looking bird
I've gotten a reputation of taking "while eating" pictures at family gatherings. I like action shots.

S. Etole said...

You do this so well ... what a beak they have!

Woody said...

The juvenile hasn't grown into it's beak yet and it looks odd. Nice shots!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Very neat birds, I've never seen them before. And of course, beautiful shots!

Madi and Mom said...

OH MY we had no idea you'd be posting from your little piece of heaven!! We're caught up now.
Thanks you for the beautiful pictures from the pier and black skimmers. I've never seen them.
The adults are very colorful. What a beak they have.
We'll be back tomorrow.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Andrew said...

Wonderful images Reena.
A beautiful new bird for me to see.... that big beak is amazing.

Ginny said...

Wow, all amazing pictures!!! You can even see the tongue when he is squawking!!! The parents look so different, really pretty. The baby is so goofy looking with that oversized beak. The beaks on the adults are so pretty, remind me of puffins!

lisa said...

What little sweeties these are!
Fantastic captures Reena!

Gary said...

What a great sequence!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

I'm finally caught up and you've had some spectacular photos this week!!!
What awesome beaks those birds have.... and what white sand!

EG Wow said...

Very entertaining! Thanks! Now I have to google black skimmers as I have never heard of them before. :)

Debbie said...

these are some amazing pictures. it's fun to see birds and wildlife different then what we post everyday!!

hope your having fun!! you sure have been busy!!

Butterbean Row said...

Reena,
Fabulous shots and what a cute story. You are too funny!

joo said...

Wow!Terrific post! You had such a great group of models:)
Hugs
j.

Jillsy Girl said...

My oh my what a big beak he has! (Better to eat those fish with) Great captures!

I've never seen these in person. Maybe next week. ;-)

mick said...

Great photos and I like the captions!

Liza said...

Fun!

Kanelstrand said...

Now isn't that the most awesome of beaks! And the tiny tongue sticking out. What is this bird, i am afraid I haven't seen such around Norway.

I enjoy your photo stories so much!

bon bon said...

what a jaunty stance! the detail on his wings is so pretty. sort of a shame that disappears. although mom and dad are still pretty charming in their own right...

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Very interesting shots.Thanks for visiting my blog and do come again real soon.I look forward to more visits here.

Patricia said...

I didn't realize I was looking at young bird at first. All I could think of was how big the beak was compaired to the rest of his head. What beautiful birds they grow into. Love it!

Ann said...

What a cool looking bird. I've never seen one of those before. Love the pictures and the captions. Very kind of you to let them eat in private.

Out on the prairie said...

Amazing shots. I enjoyed going through a few posts.

The What Cheer watertower in my last post was in Iowa.I live in the SE.Stop on back!The three previous posts all deal with riding a bike across Iowa.
Steve

CherryPie said...

How do you manage to find so many cool critters to photograph on a day to day basis?

Your pics are always amazing :-)

Ms. Becky said...

well I got distracted by the post below this one - what a FANTASTIC photo! it's like a dream that spot is beautiful beyond imagination. now on to the Black Skimmer drama - too cute!!! he has one of the most adorable beaks I've ever seen. thanks for the entertainment Reena. pure pleasure. I hope you're having a fun week.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Looks like his body has a bit of growing to do to catch up with his head and beak. :) Funny commentary and great photos, Reena.

Frank said...

Super series Reena coupled with very appropriate captions.

Springman said...

Wonderful captures Reena! Suzanne and I got to see these birds for the first time last winter and were inthralled. This is my first look at the first year birds. Good grief, the patterns in that plumage are amazing to see. Brilliant post!

holdingmoments said...

Love that sequence and words Reena. Excellent.

Deanna said...

Oh I loved this, made me smile. Since I don't see many shore birds, except for an occassional seagull, this was great fun. Delightful!!

Arija said...

A great post and oh, those beaks!!!

eileeninmd said...

Reena, what a great sighting. The Black Skimmer juvie is just adorable. I just love the Black Skimmers. Your photos are all awesome. Well done!

Stewart M said...

Hi there - what a great bird - have seen them on TV but in the feather - yet more to pack into the coming years!

Great set of pictures.

Stewart M - Australia

fjällripan said...

Beautiful birds and photos!
Great and fun text too :)

Neil said...

That was a great post enjoyed it very much.

phylliso said...

I`ve never seen this bird before,looks like he has huge lips,so cute!phyllis

Joe said...

Love your commentary on the pics :).

Sondra said...

Excellent photos...and a fun commentary too!