Last Frame: Crab Confrontation

Photo By David Bornmann

“I was with my photography buddies at Sarasota’s Lido Beach,” says photographer David Bornmann. “We were there for one of our seasonal trips to photograph the terns and skimmers that nest on the beach each year. They nest in different colonies on the same beach south of my home in Oldsmar, Florida. We make a few trips each year to follow the growth of the baby birds. It’s interesting to watch the baby birds as they develop from a ball of fluff to the point where they fly away until the next year.

“I happened to spot two terns who seemed to be having an animated discussion with a crab about whose beach it was. There was a lot of posturing on the part of the terns. The crab just sat and listened, like I’m sure he had done many times before. The crab lives there year-round, and the birds are just there to nest. After a lot of posturing and chirping, the crab retreated, and the terns went back to tending their babies.”

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M.Zuiko Pro 40-150mm F2.8‎ with 1.4x teleconverter. Exposure: 1/320 sec., ƒ/4.5, ISO 200.

See more of David Bornmann’s work at DavidBornmann.smugmug.com.