Crab Attack!

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I was in the water photographing Black Skimmers with my good friend when I noticed this Yellow-crowned Night Heron slowly working the opposite edge of the water in some great evening light. I slowly swam my way over and the heron was so intense on hunting it didn't pay me any attention. As I got in position for a good portrait I noticed the heron stretch its neck out far like it was getting ready to strike. I locked in focus and got ready and sure enough in a lightning quick strike it made a huge splash. I mashed the shutter button and couldn't really see what was happening but after it pulled something out of the water and turned around with it I realized it was a crab that it caught. I've got an entire series of the rest of the action but had no idea I had this shot with the crab's claw open in defense as its being pulled from the water. It is probably the most intense action I've ever captured and the scenes that followed were nearly just as impressive.

• Location: Southern New Jersey shore

• Exposure: 1/5000 @ f/4

• ISO: 200

• 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.