Meadowlark in the Field

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As many of you who follow me know I love a small bird in the frame that really shows off their habitat and this one worked really well for me. My sister and I were out photographing these lovely Eastern Meadowlarks in some open field habitat when we began working with this one. It was hanging out in a clear area that looked like a controlled burn within the recent past, which is why all the tall stalks of brown grass are all charred and the fresh green grasses really stand out. It's a really unique habitat that these birds seem to really enjoy. This bird would run around from spot to spot and find a small hill to stand on to really get a good look around. When it walked up on this small hill I was saying out loud "don't move, don't move" wishing the bird would stay put so I could get in position and get a ground level perspective. The bird obliged and I got the shot I was after.

  • Location: Sebastian Sebastian River Preserve State Park in Sebastian, Florida.

  • Date Taken: 01/30/2019

  • Exposure: 1/2000 @ f/4

  • ISO: 400 - auto

  • Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority

  • Focal Length: 500mm

  • Lens: Nikon 500mm f/4 VR

  • Camera: Nikon D4s

Nature photography has become a very passionate hobby of mine and whenever I get a chance I love to get outside and enjoy being outdoors. I am also the co-owner of KGM Expressions, a wedding and portrait photography business, with my wife Kim. This is how we make our living and I love that we get to do that together.