PHOTO OF THE DAY: 07.17.17
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This is my favorite Black Skimmer photo that I have taken in all the years following a little-known colony.  At this nest, another baby was born a day or so before the one pictured.  Because of the time advantage the other baby bullied the little one by always eating first, stealing meals and pecking the little one to death until he left the shade under the parent.  To get out of the Florida heat the baby often used the shadow I casted from lying down near the parent.  After getting into position, one hour prior to sunrise, and lying there for another hour a parent flew in directly to the smaller baby giving him the meal first.  The baby was inches away from me, so I couldn’t get the feeding photo.  However, after the baby gobbled down the fish, I captured him running up to the parent and displaying the behavior pictured. 

TAGS: Florida, Wildlife

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East Lansing, Michigan, United States of America
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Photo of the Day: 07.17.17
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© Thomas Chadwick.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 07.2016
Total Views: 3313
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Filed Under: Natural World
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Date Uploaded: July 15, 2017, 9:50 a.m.
Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS 5DS R
Focal Length: 600mm
Shutter Speed: 1/2500
Aperture: f11
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PHOTO LOCATION Florida, United States of America