Black Skimmer Flying So Low!

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After watching these Black Skimmers a lot I started noticing how incredibly low they are able to fly and glide along the surface of the water. This photo perfectly illustrates how close their body can get to the water as they fly over it. I have a photo previous to this where its belly was practically touching the water and it didn't seem to effect them one bit. I pondered how much they relied on the "ground effect" phenomenon and managed to find a reasearch paper that described that's exactly what they use. They rely on that compressed cushion of air when they get really low like this to continue to fly and glide along the surface without loosing lift. It's an impressive feat and thanks to me being as low as I could possibly get in my float blind I was able to really show just how low they can get.

• Location: Southern New Jersey shore

• Exposure: 1/4000 @ f/4

• ISO: 250

• 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.