1/60 second
600 mm focal length
Canon 1D Mark III

Santa Barbara, California

Panning with the motion of the birds as they skim the water hoping to catch a fish.


animal, bird, black skimmer, flight, flying, nature, orias, panning, water


  • Garth Smith
    Garth Smithalmost 5 years ago

    Great capture David, well done on a technically difficult shot at 600mm.

  • kevsimages
    kevsimagesalmost 5 years ago

    brilliant capture……..

  • JimFilmer
    JimFilmeralmost 5 years ago

    wonderful work David. the “ribbed” reflections are excellent

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstonealmost 5 years ago

    My goodness you excel at these panning images!! Magnificent!

  • MikeO
    MikeOalmost 5 years ago

    Ahhh this is just brilliant – there’s an element of sheer poetry in the shot.

    Very well captured.

    Congrats and regards,


  • David Murphy
    David Murphyalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome, David……….great dof, considering the speed factor!! F4 was just right!!
    Probably right up there with one of the best motion shots, under a duress, that I’ve seen.
    Ripples add the movement factor, the skimmers beaks add a great splash of colour…..comp is fantastic……..a sure fire winner!!

  • Paul Kavsak
    Paul Kavsakalmost 5 years ago

    Cool shot – instant favorite

  • jadeast
    jadeastalmost 5 years ago


  • David Clarke
    David Clarkealmost 5 years ago

    Amazing Shot, David. Brilliant capture!!

  • Angie Muccillo
    Angie Muccilloalmost 5 years ago

    This is just superb!

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