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Quogue, New York


Make Canon EOS 7D
Lens Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM   at 640 mm
Exposure 1/1250, f/13.0, ISO 640 
Image size 800 x 533 pixels

IOC Names

Order  Charadriiformes   Family  Laridae

Deutsch  Amerikanischer Scherenschnabel Dutch  Amerikaanse Schaarbek
Italian  Becco a forbice americano Spanish  Rayador Americano


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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Black Skimmer
Rynchops niger
Bec-en-ciseaux noir

Jean-Michel PAULUS