We had mist falling on Sunday morning when I arrived at Nickerson Beach, Long Beach Island, New York. I expected it to stop raining as that is what the radar made it look like. I found these oystercatcher hatchlings near their mom and started to photograph them from about 15 feet. I slowly moved in and eventually had them filling about Ĺ the frame. As they began to fight, they got closer and close making me back up as they came inside of my minimum focus distance. This happened a few times. If you look at the exif data you can see that Iíd zoomed back to about 200mm for quite a few. I was lying on my belly and mesmerized by what was taking place in front of me. I came back to reality when I filled the CF card and as I reached into my pocket to get a spare I realized that I was covered in sand and soaking wet. The rain was coming down at a steady pace and the wind was blowing which had resulted in my filter getting wet. This created a bit of a soft effect in the photos.