Crabbing Laughing Gull

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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

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.