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spiritual skimming – Black Skimmer at night in Central Park

Posted in ALL BLOG POSTS, birds & birding, photography by adamwelz on June 18, 2008


had an extraordinary experience at the Model Boat Pond (just south of the Met Mus of Art) in Central Park, NYC.

22:30, pitch dark, two Black Skimmer going back and forth through the reflections of the city lights… they passed withing 5 metres of me! Got some video footage with small camera in nightshot mode.

One of my most amazing N American wildlife experiences so far!

Frame grab from video footage – added to blog page Fri 20 Jun. These tern-like birds feed by flying very low over the water, their lower mandible dropped down to scythe through it. When they touch a small fish or tadpole or whatever, the bill snaps shut. It’s supposed to be one of the fastest reflexes ever measured in any vertebrate.


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  1. James said, on June 19, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Yes, I read about it on Donna’s blog,

    Did you get any video of it?


  2. adamwelz said, on June 19, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    yes, got nightshot video


  3. Dennis said, on June 22, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    nice! -very nice atmosphere! -I recently stumbled on your blog, and I enjoy your photos very much; keep it up!

  4. Mike said, on June 24, 2008 at 8:11 am

    What a great pic. You have chosen a perfect shot to display! Well done.

  5. James said, on June 27, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    That is really cool!

  6. Matthew said, on September 29, 2009 at 11:03 am

    I love this 🙂

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