This photo was taken on June 1 within the Santa Rosa area of Gulf Islands National Seashore. If you click to enlarge the photo, you may be able to see the tiny beak and eyes peering out from under mama Skimmer's wing (to your right).
Just three days later I captured photos of the same nest with the chicks venturing out. The daddy Skimmer guards his family and warns other birds to stay clear.
Black Skimmer chicks almost look cartoonish when they start toddling around. Their body looks a little out of proportion to their head.
But they are such beautiful, graceful birds as adults, especially when you observe them feeding along the water's edge.
My name is D.J. A few years ago I moved to one of the most beautiful places in the world--Pensacola Beach, Florida. I love exploring the beach, documenting its changes with my photos, volunteering to help our sea turtles, attending concerts on the beach in the summer, and participating in many of the events we have throughout the year. I also enjoy sharing my photographs with you so that you can appreciate the beauty of our very special island.