BOTSWANA SNAPSHOTS - (Cruising in the Okavango delta - African Skimmer)

by Antonio Gil January. 12, 2014 7672 views

The African skimmer cuts a striking silhouette as it flies with slow wing beats over the rivers and lakes of sub-Saharan Africa. Its long, black, scimitar-shaped wings and the distinctive structure of its long, bright orange bill tipped with yellow gives the African skimmer an air of the prehistoric. The lower half of the bill is much longer than the upper half and flattened like scissor blades. The plumage on the back and crown is jet black, contrasting sharply with the white underparts, forehead and short, forked tail. Its monochromatic body coloring makes the vividly colored bill and bright red legs all the more arresting.

With its uniquely shaped bill, the African skimmer flies low over calm water, with the long lower ‘blade’ of the bill dipping into the water. The bill snaps shut when it touches a fish, which is then swallowed in flight or after landing. African skimmers feed mostly at dusk, dawn and during the night, and rest during the warmer day when their fish prey is less likely to be at the surface of the water
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African skimmer

AFRICAN SKIMMERS - THE SYMBOLS OF WILDERNESS - VIDEO [youtube.com]

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Unreal 5 years, 8 months ago

Congrats on FP.

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Zajä…C 5 years, 8 months ago

Hura! Congratulations on FP!

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Francesc 5 years, 8 months ago

Last one great cpature

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Robertpetergee 5 years, 8 months ago

wow what a fantastic adventure and amazing series of photos, nicely taken, and congrats on the FP

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Renato Martins 5 years, 8 months ago

Parabéns. Foi uma boa escolha. Merecias.

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Dan Ravasio 5 years, 8 months ago

Congratulations Antonio..... I knew this one was a winner....

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Honeybee 5 years, 8 months ago

Congratulations on FP! Really a beautiful set of shots!

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Sara G 5 years, 8 months ago

Big congratulations, Antonio! :-))

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Teo Montana 5 years, 8 months ago

Congrats on FP Antonio!

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Glo B 5 years, 8 months ago

Many congrats on your fp my friend! ;)

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Elizabeth Sardinas 5 years, 8 months ago

Wow nice

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Abby 5 years, 8 months ago

A lovely st - lots of great captures :) Congratulations on FP!!!

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Giancarlo Fosci 5 years, 8 months ago

congratulations very beautiful FP! put on my fav!

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David Cardona 5 years, 8 months ago

Awesome selection! Thanks a lot for sharing and congrats on fp!

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Stefan Fletcher 5 years, 8 months ago

Congrats on the F.P. António. I was wondering when one of yours would get there.

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Sadhya Rippon 5 years, 8 months ago

Well, of all the wonderful shots you have posted, this is not the one that I would have chosen to feature, but even so, I am very happy to find you here this morning.
You certainly deserve to be on FP! Congratulations Antonio.

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Moira 5 years, 8 months ago

A great report on these birds , never seen them before .
Congrats on a wonderful FP.

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John Parsons 5 years, 8 months ago

Congrats on FP - well deserved - great bird shots as usual!!!

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Larry Sample 5 years, 8 months ago

Hip Hip Hooray! Congrats to you my friend!

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Gian Luigi 5 years, 8 months ago

Congrats!

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Gillian Parsons 5 years, 8 months ago

Back to say yes you really deserve this great FP

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Dunja 5 years, 8 months ago

Je te félicite mon cher ami Antonio pou cette FP !:)

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Paolo Martini 5 years, 8 months ago

A Great FP for you Antonio ! Congratulations ;o)

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 8 months ago

Hey! Well deserved!

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Evalizette Hansson Nordstrã¶M 5 years, 8 months ago

Love the action in the flying birds and big congratulations on FP :))

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Shaghayegh Yassemi 5 years, 8 months ago

Congratulation on your FP my dear dear friend :)

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Jacki 5 years, 8 months ago

I think I saw these birds (or something very similar once) on the south eastern coastline of the USA... Beautiful FP, congratulations!

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Gonia 5 years, 8 months ago

You 've got it at last! So long waiting for FP. Great,great congrats. All pictures from Africa should be there!

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Josy 5 years, 8 months ago

Je reviens avec plaisir vous voir et vous féliciter pour cette FP :))

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Asiamack 5 years, 8 months ago

CONGRATS on beautiful FP!

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Sreekumar Marar 5 years, 8 months ago

Congrats, Antonio; flight of African Skimmers took you to FP! :)

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Shaghayegh Yassemi 5 years, 8 months ago

number 2 is really funny, it seems that the plants are continuous tale of the bird. I wonder about the moment when a bird is starting to fly. It makes a very impressive scene. I wish I can find that very moment and fly again.

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Glo B 5 years, 8 months ago

loveliness abounds!

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Sara G 5 years, 8 months ago

Beautiful in flight in the last one..love the colors! Another amazing creature adapted to it's area to feed.

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Dunja 5 years, 8 months ago

Sublime, comme d'habitude Antonio!

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Josy 5 years, 8 months ago

Ces oiseaux sont superbes et la vidéo est assez effrayante !

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Gonia 5 years, 8 months ago

fanatstic pictures! last is the best!

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Teo Montana 5 years, 8 months ago

More great shots Antonio! Can you imagine with all the footage you are getting,shooting and packing enough 35mm film? One up for digital right?
Great posts!

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Dan Ravasio 5 years, 8 months ago

#5 is such a thrilling shot..... wow...

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 8 months ago

That last photo has flown straight to my favs!!

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Gillian Parsons 5 years, 8 months ago

Only seen the Skimmer on television how wonderful to be able to see them for real, those beaks are wonderful.

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Kenny H 5 years, 8 months ago

You really catch wildlife at its finest. Love the last shot too.

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Renato Martins 5 years, 8 months ago

The last oe on my favs... :)

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Sreekumar Marar 5 years, 8 months ago

African Skimmer - never seen him before! Lovely flight in the last shot :)

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