20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
… & Stay Away!

Black Skimmers duking it out over nesting rights, mates, or anything else that sets them off, screeching all the way. Skimmer rookeries are pretty crowded so tempers are short and you do have to protect your nest. Skimmers often face off in an ascending/spiral ballet chasing the interloper off.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Lido Beach, New York, United States of America
Copyright: © Richard LaBella