These fascinating birds are always fun to watch and photograph. The lower part of their beak is slightly longer than the upper and they fly with it sticking into the water. They scoop out fish that are close to the surface and eat them on the wing. I am constantly looking to get the perfect skimmer photo although a little difficult as we don’t see them very often in the dry season.

I came across these three birds fishing up and down a lagoon. The light was poor so I went for a more abstract shot by slowing down the shutter and blurring the birds slightly.

© Patrick Bentley

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