Young Royal Tern on the Beach

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Out of the entire flock of maybe 50-60 Royal Terns this juvenile stood out. Its plumage was so gorgeous to me, with the lighter yellow beak and legs and the black and white feathers on the wings were such a great look. As I was tracking this bird walking across the beach it started calling out to its parent for food. The light was great and I was really happy with this shot.

• Location: southern New Jersey beach

• Exposure: 1/4000 @f/4

• ISO: 160

• Exposure Mode: Manual

• Focal Length: 500mm

• Lens: Nikon 500mm f/4 VR

• Camera: Nikon D4s

Nature photography has become a very passionate hobby of mine and whenever I get a chance I love to get outside and enjoy being outdoors. I am also the co-owner of KGM Expressions, a wedding and portrait photography business, with my wife Kim. This is how we make our living and I love that we get to do that together.