I photographed this adult Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) in breeding plumage while it bathed in the shallow waters of a tidal lagoon at Fort De Soto’s north beach a few years ago. I liked the action, the splashing water and how the flared wing tips appear to fan over the face of the gull. Some people may not like that the eye is slightly obscured by the one feather that goes through the bird’s eye but I do.
As a bird and wildlife photographer I find it important to have eye contact with my subjects; preferably with catchlights, but as with any rule in photography there are exceptions. Sometimes you should break those rules.