Photo of a Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger), San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Don Hill recommended a few spots in San Diego for me to see fall seabirds. Inspired by Don’s great shots I drove down to take a look and was pleasantly surprised by all the bird life in the bay. This black skimmer (Rynchops niger) was photographed in the San Diego Bay. Very cool birds, the way they skim.

Black skimmer forages by flying over shallow water with its lower mandible dipping below the surface for small fish, Rynchops niger, San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Black skimmer forages by flying over shallow water with its lower mandible dipping below the surface for small fish.
Image ID: 17418
Species: Black skimmer, Rynchops niger
Location: San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, California, USA