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Black Skimmer with Needlefish
Photographer: Jessica Kirste
Location: Nickerson Beach, Point Lookout NY
Nickerson beach is summer breeding ground for the black skimmers. They come in with Atlantic needlefish to feed their chicks, sometimes too big. I was watching and waiting to capture the moment of a skimmer coming in with a needlefish to feed to its young & caught this one come in with one so large it was as tall as the bird! It was too big for the chick but made for some great shots. This photo was a Semi-finalist in the 2014 Defenders of Wildlife Photo Contest.
Digital Alterations: 
Cropped about 50%, adjustments to exposure, brightness & contrast. Noise reduction done on the background.
Camera Information: Canon EOS 40D and Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
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