I spent a morning sitting in some really shallow non-tidal pools in the marshes along the southern New Jersey coast. I was hoping for Black Skimmers and while I had a handful of passes they were not common. There were however a few Laughing Gulls hanging out along the edge of this pool. I was luckily ready when this one dove in completely and came up with a crab right in front of me. The sun had just risen and was providing a lovely glow on everything as the birds exploded from the water with a big splash. These poor crabs are just hanging out in the water and next thing you know they are airborne! Must be a crazy thing to happen to them.
• Location: Southern New Jersey Shore
• Exposure: 1/1600 @ f/4
• ISO: 400 - auto
• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
• Focal Length: 500mm
• Lens: Nikon 500mm f/4 VR
• Camera: Nikon D4s