A Black Skimmer doing what skimmers do … skimming the surface of San Francisco bay.
I might have been the only photographer/birder in the Bay Area who didn’t realize a group of Black Skimmers had shown up in San Francisco in the past many days. I was just out for a wander on the beach to decompress, and was surprised by the telltale whips of wings that graced the shallows along Crissy Field.
Black Skimmers, true to their name, skim the surface of the water, snagging small fish in their hinged bills. It’s always a wonderful sight to catch skimmers slicing the waves, hovering above the surf and swash with those fluid wing strokes. Their call is snappy, dog-like. I call them puppy barks.