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Chobe River, Left Bank


Make Canon EOS 7D
Lens Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM   at 184 mm
Exposure 1/640 s, f/4.5, ISO 400 
Image size 800 x 533 pixels

IOC Names

Order  Charadriiformes   Family  Laridae

Deutsch  Afrikanischer Scherenschnabel Dutch  Afrikaanse Schaarbek
Italian  Becco a forbice africano Spanish  Rayador Africano


Three bird species have the pecularity to have the lower bill longer than the upper, the Black Skimmer of America, the African Skimmer and the Indian one. Additional specializations are associated with this bill conformation, including the strengthening of the neck muscles, and the attachement of the skull to the neck by bony processes; the vertical shape of pupils to protect the bird from sun's glare off the water during nocturnal fishing; and the way that the wing strokes are kept above the bird horizontal plane. Austin Jr, O.L, (1961), Birds of the World, Golden Press, New York, p 137


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African Skimmer
Rynchops flavirostris
Bec-en-ciseaux d'Afrique

Jean-Michel PAULUS