Black Skimmer chicks beg for food from their parents by running at them in a crouch posture with wings akimbo. When a parent has something to share, it places the food item into the chick’s beak. Watch as chicks young and old beg for food with mixed results. When a chick finally gets a tasty but fairly large fish, it takes some skill to get it at just the right angle to fit down the throat. In this series of field clips you can also see adults resting with bills tucked into the back feathers or with necks outstretched on the sand, much like sunbathers.
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