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Copyright: Fabiano Chede (fchede) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 160] (562)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-03
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-04 11:49
Viewed: 3659
Points: 8
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This is a group of Black Skimmers (Rynchops niger) or Talha-mares. This Pic I took while observing wildlife with my cousin Zeca in Guaratuba bay, southern Brazil.

Something about it:
The Black Skimmer, Rynchops niger, is a tern-like seabird, one of three very similar bird species in the skimmer family. It breeds in North and South America. Northern populations winter in the warmer waters of the Caribbean and the tropical and subtropical Pacific coasts, but the South American races make only shorter movements in response to annual floods which extend their feeding areas in the river shallows.

The Black Skimmer breeds in loose groups on sandbanks and sandy beaches in the Americas, the three to seven heavily dark-blotched buff or bluish eggs being incubated by both the male and female. The chicks leave the nest as soon as they hatch and lie inconspicuously in the nest depression or "scrape" where they are shaded from high temperatures by the parents. They may dig their own depressions in the sand at times. Parents feed the young almost exclusively during the day with almost no feeding occurring at night, due to the entire population of adults sometimes departing the colony to forage. Although the mandibles are of equal length at hatching, they rapidly become unequal during fledging.

The Black Skimmer is 40-50 cm long with a 107-127 cm wingspan. The males weigh about 325 g, as compared to the smaller female’s 235 g. The inner part of the bill is red, the rest mainly black, and the lower mandible is much-elongated and flexible. The eye has a dark brown iris and catlike vertical pupil, unique for a bird. The legs are red. The call is a barking kak-kak-kak.

Adults in breeding plumage have a black crown, nape and upper body. The forehead and underparts are white. The upper wings are black with white on the rear edge, and the tail and rump are dark grey with white edges. The underwing colour varies from white to dusky grey depending on region.

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Olá Fabiano,

Excelente captura.
Grande enquadramento.
Composição e luz fantásticas.
Gosteiu imenso.
Um abraço

Olá Fabiano,
Grande descoberta, a sua galeria.
Belo ângulo você adotou aqui. excelente exposição, com cores e nitidez pergeitas.
Por certo voltarei.

Ola Fabiano! Amazing colours. Good saturation. Very good lightness and brightness. Original picture. Good luck! Saude!

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2008-10-05 18:32]

Oi primo companheiro!
Beleza de foto! Valeu molhar o tripé na água, hein! As cores estão muito bonitas e este alaranjado dos bicos e das patas faz um belo detalhe, especialmente repetidos em bando. Acabo de postar a primeira e não vejo a hora de estar lá de novo! Obrigado pela photo-trip!

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