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Black Skimmer

Black Skimmers feed on small fish by flying low over the coastal shallows with the bottom of their orange-and-black bill slicing through the water. When their red and black bill strikes a fish, they snap it up.

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Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks have the long neck and legs of a goose. But their red bill, gray face, cinnamon back and black underbelly make them one of the Texas coast's most colorful ducks. The other half of their name comes from the sharp whistling sound they make when chatting or flying up.

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Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilts stride through shallow ponds and marshes on their spindly red legs, feeding on a variety of insects and small fish. Among birds, only Flamingos have longer legs in proportion to their bodies.

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Blue-winged Teal

Blue-winged Teals are small dabling ducks common on the edges of ponds and marshes with deep vegetation. They typically forage in pairs or small groups, often in the company of other dabbling ducks.

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Brown Pelican

Brown Pelicans are large and ungainly birds with a distinctive bill pouch. Look for them gliding in packs along the shore or floating on the water just beyond the breaking waves.

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Caspian Tern

Caspian Terns are bulkier than their cousins and more akin to a gull. They soar high above beaches, lakes and rivers scouting for fish and often dive completely underwater in their pursuit.

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