Species: Kelp Gull | Location: Cape Agulhas, South Africa
I was watching a group of kelp gulls looking for food in a tide pool. They were systematically working the pool when one finally came up with a snail. I watched as it flew a short way up in the air and then dropped the snail on the rocks, but the snail didn't crack. I got the camera ready. It flew back down and grabbed the snail again. This time it flew higher before it dropped the snail. I was ready, and tried to time the shot to get both the gull and the snail in the frame. Luckily no other gulls stole the food before this gull was able to get back onto the rock and eat its prize.
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About The Photographer
I'm an avid traveler who is trying to see as many areas of the world as possible. My goal is to see these environments before they are significantly impacted by climate change. I was shooting Nikon, but switched to Canon in 2014. Macros of flowers and plants were my first SLR subjects, but once I purchased longer lenses I've added birds, mammals and pretty much anything that moves. After each trip I make presentations in the local community to try to build awareness of these areas and the issues that they face. Hopefully this will encourage more people to contribute to the support of these fragile environments.