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Black Skimmer

Rynchops niger cinerascens

 

Rio Cuiabá near Porto Jofre, Mato Grosso, Brazil.

 

Black Skimmers are more common in the Pantanal than anywhere else I know, and it is great to see large flocks of them there. While range maps often suggest that they are all over most of South America, in reality they are extremely local in most of that mapped range, and no longer occur in many areas.

 

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Taken on September 6, 2017