|It was a cold day and not even the bright Florida sunshine could change that.|
|No windelicious summer breezes could be found. Perhaps they were off to the Keys or even farther south. In their absence a stern wind with cold shoulders made it a day for bill warming wing tucks ... and empty stomachs.|
|We stood pondering the cold, the wind, the lack of quiet smooth water for skimming bills to snap up fish.|
This wasn't good.
Best to conserve energy on such a day.
And yet ...
|The humans were out in force, skimming this way and that on the tumultuous sea.|
Their smooth black feathers glistened as they dipped giant bills into the waves.
|Down, across, ...|
|...and under, they skimmed relentlessly.|
We had to admire that persistence, even as we debated their fishing strategy.
|We moved when they got too close ...for all their skimming, we never saw one catch a single fish.|
We were concerned that they might be hungry from all that fishless skimming.
|They didn't fly very well so we had no fear in the air.|
Besides, they only came out of the water briefly and then plunged back in to skim again.
|Occasionally, tired and fishless, they tucked their big bills under and rested, much like our flock on this winter day.|
Probably, like us, he's wishing for the calm, flat water that makes skimming a breeze.