I got really lucky when I caught this Black Skimmer flying over the colony with a small fish in its beak. I was first lucky that I managed to get a couple of shots in focus. Secondly I was really lucky the bird was flying head on directly at me. Lastly it was cool to see another bird on the ground lifting its head and calling out as this bird flew over. The dark sand dune background provided the perfect background to give me the perfect glowing backlight. I really liked the symetry of the wings and that tiny fish adds a nice small touch to me. I always love how setting up for backlight can occasionally result in pretty wild images like this.
• Location: Southern New Jersey shore
• Exposure: 1/1000 @ f/5.6
• ISO: 400 - auto
• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
• Focal Length: 420mm
• Lens: Nikon 300mm f/4 PF VR + 1.4x TC III
• Camera: Nikon D4s