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Black Skimmers Flight Fight

What is all of the commotion? It's mating season for the Black Skimmers on Anna Maria Island. The males are competing for mating rights as the females prepare their nests in the sand. The girls await their suitor's presentation of a fresh fish in exchange for their cooperation in the grand finale of mating with the best fisherman. With so much at stake and so much competition, the males fight for their right to continue their bloodline, and that's certainly worth fighting for.

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© Cynthia Herrick.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 05.2017
Total Views: 39
Filed Under: Natural World
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Date Uploaded: May 31, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Focal Length: 300mm
Shutter Speed: 1/1600
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: ISO4000
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PHOTO LOCATION Anna Maria Island, Florida, Florida, United States of America