Skinny Dippin'

© Robert G. Stalnaker

Skinny Dippin'

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When dipping their skinny bill in the water, Rynchops niger (Black Skimmer) can make a line in the water 15 meters long. It is a sight to behold, with their 44 inch wingspan, and you wonder how they can fly that fast and dip that bill in the water without tipping over from friction or lifting it out (skinny, compressed lower bill allows it). My goal before the year is out is to capture a head-on shot showing the entire line it draws in the water. From a side angle like this, if I were to show the whole length, the skimmer would appear too small in the frame.

f/8, 1/800/ ISO 320, cloudy, center-weighted average, burst 6.5 fps, lens Canon EF 400mm L, handheld, Merritt Island NWR, FL, 3/28/08.

Exif: F Number: 7.1, Exposure Bias Value: 0.33, ExposureTime: 1/800 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 320, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 400.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 40D

Uploaded on April 03, 2008 Editor's Pick

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